Sigmar Gabriel gets a lot of flak. Some say he isn’t reliable, others that he’s over-the-top and flippant when he talks.
But in purely political terms, Mr. Gabriel is the equal of any of Germany’s top politicians. Not least because he knows precisely when to drop his defensive stance and go on the attack, often to the surprise of his opponents.
What a coup to have caused such a storm with his early announcement that he wants to be the one to challenge Chancellor Angela Merkel for the top job in two years’ time. We already knew that, of course.