BERLIN - 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 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, 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 (SPD), which was formalized last month.