Saturday 24 February 2018

I wish I'd given neo-Nazis both fingers: German vice chancellor

Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel briefs the media about the Greece crisis, at the chancellery in Berlin (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber,file)
Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel briefs the media about the Greece crisis, at the chancellery in Berlin (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber,file)

Germany's second-in-command has revealed his one regret after making a rude gesture towards a group of neo-Nazis: that he didn't show them both middle fingers.

Vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel received both criticism and applause for his unambiguous display of disdain toward far-right protesters in the town of Salzgitter earlier this month.

A video posted online showed about 10 far-right protesters hurling abuse at Mr Gabriel and praising his late father, an ardent believer in Nazism.

Mr Gabriel told public broadcaster ZDF in an interview: "I made just one mistake, I didn't use both hands."

In recent months, far-right groups have repeatedly interrupted meetings between German politicians and voters to protest against the government's refugee policy.

Press Association

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