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[January 06, 2014]
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
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 news comes a week after Germany was shocked by the far more
serious skiing accident of former Formula One champion Michael
Schumacher, who is in critical condition in a French hospital.
"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 59-year-old chancellor, a keen hiker who has said she prefers
cross-country to downhill skiing, has postponed a visit to Warsaw
scheduled for Wednesday and a meeting in Berlin with Luxembourg's
new prime minister, Xavier Bettel.
But she will lead her first cabinet meeting of 2014 on Wednesday.
Merkel began her third term last month after sealing a "grand
coalition" of her conservatives and the centre-left Social Democrats
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Merkel will not attend the World Economic Forum later this month but
not because of her skiing accident, Seibert said, adding that the
meeting in Davos at the end of January clashed with a scheduled
German government meeting.
(Reporting by Stephen Brown; editing by Noah Barkin)
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