Merkel suffers ski injury in Switzerland

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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.

This content was published on January 6, 2014 - 13:20
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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.

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