If You Think Merkel Has Problems, Pity Her Coalition Ally

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German Vice Chancellor, Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin on August 3, 2016. / AFP / TOBIAS SCHWARZ (Photo credit should read TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s most powerful Social Democrat, sat on a wooden bench along with an audience of apprentices and listened patiently as they laid out their concerns.

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