German Vice Chancellor, Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel addressing a press conference on Greece in Berlin on July 6, 2015. (AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZ)
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Germany's beleaguered Social Democrats denied Sunday that their party chief Sigmar Gabriel would step down, after a local broadcaster claimed that a new leader was about to be named.Latest opinion polls by Stern magazine put support for the party at 21 percent, after Merkel's Christian Democrats at 34 percent.On Sunday, Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported that Gabriel was planning to postpone the announcement of the party's leading candidate for next year's general elections to next May, rather than in the beginning of 2017 .
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