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  • 6 January 2014, 15:21

Angela Merkel Injured In Skiing Accident

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been injured during a cross-country skiing accident in Switzerland.

Mrs Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said the Chancellor suffered a fractured pelvis and must rest as much as possible over the next three weeks.

Mrs Merkel has been forced to cancel a number of official appointments, but will continue to lead the government and hold Cabinet meetings.

The 59-year-old politician will mainly work from home during her period of rest, Mr Seibert said.

She has cancelled a planned trip to Warsaw on Wednesday, as well as a visit to Berlin by Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel that had been scheduled for Thursday.

"It goes without saying that as chancellor, she is capable of acting as well as communicating fully," Mr Seibert said.

Last week Mrs Merkel sent wishes for a speedy recovery to German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher, who suffered a serious head injury while skiing in France.

Mrs Merkel was skiing in the Swiss region of Engadin, which boasts top ski resorts such as St Moritz, when the accident occurred over the Christmas holidays.

The injury was initially thought to be just painful bruising, but after Mrs Merkel's return to Berlin doctors diagnosed a fracture in the pelvic area.

Mr Seibert said that Mrs Merkel's injury occurred "at low speeds", but was unable to say if another person was involved.

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