Sigmar Gabriel


Sigmar Gabriel (12 September 1959, Goslar am Harz, Germany)[2] is a Social Democratic Party of Germany politician who has been the Minister of Foreign Affairs since January 2017. Sigmar is a grammar teacher by profession.[3]

Stinkefinger incident

One memorable moment was when Sigmar showed his Stinkefinger, that is, the middle finger, to a group of young, mostly masked, protesters. One of the protesters said to him: "Mensch, dein Vater hat sein Land geliebt. Und was tust du? Du zerstörst es." This means: "Man, your father loved his land. And what do you do? You destroy it."[4] Then they can be heard chanting: "Wer hat uns verraten? Sozialdemokraten." This means: "Who has betrayed us? Social democrats." According to "Die Welt", Sigmar's father "was his whole life long a staunch national socialist".[5]


  1. "SPD-Chef Gabriel wird Vater einer weiteren Tochter". 22 November 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  2. "ICH KOMME AUS GOSLAR AM HARZ". Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  3. "Sigmar Gabriel, SPD". Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  4. "Gabriel zeigt rechten Pöblern den Stinkefinger". 17 August 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  5. Oliver Rasche (17 August 2016). "Darf ein Vizekanzler den Stinkefinger zeigen? Ja!" Retrieved 15 June 2017.