Merkel injured in skiing accident, cancels meetings: Spokesman

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was injured in a fall while cross-country skiing in Switzerland over the winter holidays and has cancelled meetings in the next three weeks, her spokesman said on Monday. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was injured in a fall while cross-country skiing in Switzerland over the winter holidays and has cancelled meetings in the next three weeks, her spokesman said on Monday. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN (REUTERS) -  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 said on Monday.

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 Mr 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, Mr 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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