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Merkel on crutches as she attends seasonal reception in Berlin

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Merkel on crutches as she attends seasonal reception in Berlin

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German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has appeared in public for the first time since it was announced she had broken her pelvis in a skiing accident.

She welcomed representatives of the Catholic church in a seasonal reception in Berlin.

The 59-year-old suffered severe bruising and a partial fracture of her pelvis while cross-country skiing near St Moritz in Switzerland on December 23.

Merkel has been advised to rest as much as she can for the next three weeks.

Her spokesperson said she intends to work from home.