Angela Merkel attends reception in crutches following pelvis fracture
German Chancellor had accident skiing in Switzerland
GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel attended a reception in Berlin today on crutches after she fractured her pelvis in a cross-country skiing accident in Switzerland.
She attended the reception for carol signers at the Chancellery in Berlin.
he injury has forced her to call off some foreign visits and official appointments, her spokesman said today.
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 formalised last month.