foreign Minister Heiko Maas has warned the SPD in the face of speculation about a return of the former Chairman Sigmar Gabriel in a leading role of the party in front of staff debates.

“I think people have less of an interest in personal debates. You expect us to govern in a reasonable manner – to the right,” said the SPD politician of the Newspapers of the Funke media group. On the question of whether he believed the President of the SPD chair Andrea Nahles, to lead their party from the polls, answered Maas: “of Course.”

The discussion was triggered by former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. He argues in the new “mirror” in view of the serious crisis of the SPD, the former foreign Minister and party leader Gabriel. “Sigmar Gabriel is perhaps the most talented politician we have in the SPD,” he said. “He just stepped in the party for a few people to set on the feet. He must decide for himself whether he wants to play a stronger role. But the SPD could benefit from his skills.”

At the same time, Schröder hinted that he holds Nahles able to accept the candidacy for Chancellor for the SPD. For this, there is a need for economic expertise. On the question of whether Nahles have this expertise, says Schröder: “I think that would not claim to be pretty.”

For a Comeback of Sigmar Gabriel, the Bavarian SPD member of the German Bundestag Florian Post. He imagine for such a task “in the first row,” said Post, “Focus Online”, without specifying this further. “The Chancellor is right. We are scaring people half to death with our current Occurrence. Who should choose us as yet?” Needed a change in personnel. “A stubborn, especially in terms of personnel, would be an Adherence to the Slogan “With a hurrah into the sunset”,” said Post.

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