German Chancellor Angela Merkel has suffered a pelvic injury while cross country skiing in Switzerland. She is to rest and remain on the political sidelines for a few weeks as a result.
During a period of three weeks, Merkel will “concentrate on a few appointments in the Federal Chancellery and in Berlin” while her injury heals, according to government spokesperson Steffen Seibert. She will need to “rest a lot” in order to recover properly, Seibert added.
While skiing in the south-eastern Swiss Engadin region, 59-year-old Merkel suffered a fall which she first believed to be a bruise. However, an examination by a physician revealed a pelvic fracture.
In addition to a few public events in the German capital, Merkel’s upcoming appointments outside of Berlin have been cancelled – including a visit to Poland and the inaugural visit from the Prime Minister of Luxembourg.
However, the German Chancellor is still “able to work and communicate” and will lead Wednesday’s cabinet meeting.
swissinfo.ch and agencies