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Merkel fractures her pelvis skiing and calls off foreign visits

Monday, January 6th 2014 - 19:47 UTC
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“The chancellor is of course able to work and is in full communication” “The chancellor is of course able to work and is in full communication”

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

 Merkel fell while skiing over the Christmas vacation. 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, said her spokesman Steffen Seibert.

“The chancellor is of course able to work and is in full communication,” said Seibert. He added that Merkel's accident occurred “at low speed” but he declined to give further details.

The chancellor has postponed a visit to Warsaw scheduled for Wednesday this week 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 (SPD), which was formalized last month.

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  • Briton

    apparently she has to lay on her back, ??

    thinking of Germany no

    hope she gets well..

    Jan 06th, 2014 - 08:03 pm 0
  • Britworker

    Well I can't imagine she could have damaged her pelvis doing anything else!

    Jan 06th, 2014 - 11:54 pm 0
  • ChrisR

    This woman is 59 YO and overweight, you would have thought she had more sense, but apparently she has not.

    Jan 07th, 2014 - 07:05 pm 0
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