Suspected pelvic fracture ... German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been injured while cross-country skiing in Switzerland. This photo shows Merkel in Greenland in 2007. Photo: Reuters
Berlin: Chancellor Angela Merkel has cancelled most of her meetings for the next three weeks after doctors ordered her to rest in bed following a fall while cross-country skiing over the Christmas holiday in Switzerland, her spokesman said on Monday.
Ms. Merkel had travelled to the Engadin Valley, where she regularly spends her winter vacation with her family.
She originally believed she had only been badly bruised after falling, but a doctor told her on Friday that she had probably suffered a pelvic fracture, Ms. Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, told reporters.
“She fell while cross-country skiing,” Mr. Seibert said. “We do not believe she was going very fast.”
Mr. Seibert said that all of the chancellor’s scheduled travel plans had been cancelled, along with several meetings in Berlin.
She will continue to work from home, although she plans to lead in person the first meeting of her Cabinet when it convenes on Wednesday.
“She is of course at work, and every day,” Mr. Seibert added.
The chancellor had planned to travel to Warsaw on Wednesday for talks with Polish leaders, and to meet Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg’s new prime minister, in Berlin on Thursday.
Ms. Merkel, 59, was sworn into her third term in office on December 17.
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