Angela Merkel recovering after fracturing pelvis in ski fall

2014-01-06 14:25

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Berlin – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has fractured her pelvis in a cross-country skiing accident and is walking with the aid of crutches, forcing her to call off some foreign visits and official appointments.

Merkel fell while skiing during the Christmas holidays. What she first thought was heavy bruising turned out to be a partial fracture, meaning she must take it easy for three weeks and work from home where possible, her spokesperson Steffen Seibert said today.

“The chancellor is, of course, able to work and is in full communication,” said Seibert.

He said her accident occurred “at low speed” but would not give further details.

The chancellor has postponed a visit to Warsaw scheduled for Wednesday and will not receive Luxembourg’s new prime minister, Xavier Bettel, on Thursday, Seibert said.

But she will lead a cabinet meeting on Wednesday which will be the first gathering of all the ministers in the new “grand coalition” government of her conservatives and the centre-left Social Democrats which was formalised last month.

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