File photo of Sigmar Gabriel, chairman of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) delivering his opening speech to the extraordinary party meeting of the SPD in Augsburg, April 14, 2013. Sigmar ... more 
File photo of Sigmar Gabriel, chairman of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) delivering his opening speech to the extraordinary party meeting of the SPD in Augsburg, April 14, 2013. Sigmar Gabriel, the burly leader of Germany's beaten Social Democrats, will have the future of his party and possibly the country on his shoulders when SPD leaders debate September 27, 2013, whether to join forces with Chancellor Angela Merkel. The impulsive SPD chairman, already under pressure for the SPD's drubbing in Sunday's election, has been blamed for picking the wrong chancellor candidate. But the man with a booming voice and sharp tongue, who can hardly afford another mistake now, is still in command of the second biggest party and will be the pivotal figure on whether his battered troops accept a junior coalition role with Merkel. TO GO WITH STORY GERMANY-ELECTION/GABRIEL REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT) less 
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