Germany vice chancellor denies reports he's stepping down as SPD chief

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel in Berlin on April 20, 2016Germany’s vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel on Sunday dismissed as “nonsense” rumours he was about to resign as leader of the beleaguered Social Democrats, quashing the latest speculation about the party’s leadership. The co-editor of the weekly Focus, Helmut Markwort, had earlier gone on German television citing an unnamed source as claiming that Gabriel would shortly step down, leaving his post for Hamburg mayor Olaf Scholz. Gabriel himself, who is also Germany’s economy minister, told RTL television that talk of his departure was “nonsense” and had taken him by surprise.

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