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Injured Merkel 'cancels meetings for three weeks'

AFP's Berlin correspondent Deborah Cole says chancellor Angela Merkel has cancelled nearly all meetings for three weeks following a skiing accident.


Merkel fell while cross-country skiing during winter holiday, on crutches, cancelled nearly all meetings for 3 weeks @afp story to follow

Merkel 'broke pelvis' skiing

A journalist from German broadcaster Deutsche Welle says Angela Merkel has broken her pelvis in a skiiing accident.


#Merkel off for three weeks after breaking pelvis in skiing accident. Slow start for a #Groko that took three months to negotiate.

GroKo is short for "grosse Koalition", a grand coaliton of the two large camps from centre-left and centre-right within German politics.


German town strips Hitler of citizenship after uproar

Councillors in a small German town have reversed a controversial decision not to strip Adolf Hitler of honorary citizenship following an uproar.

Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler Credit: Allie Caulfield

The Bavarian town of Dietramszell bestowed the honour on Hitler and the president who appointed him, Paul von Hindenburg, in 1933.

An archivist recently uncovered documents showing this, but half of the town's councillors felt that it would be wrong to rewrite history by withdrawing citizenship.

The council has now voted unanimously in favour of the move after hearing an impassioned testimony from a woman who lost her family in the Holocaust.


Manchester United players suffer plane scare

Manchester United players suffered a scare on their arrival in Germany after the plane they were travelling in aborted its landing at the last minute.

The Monarch Airlines airbus dropped to a height of 400 metres as it prepared to land, only for the plane to suddenly take off again leaving a number of passengers shaken.

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Although a stewardess initially said there had not been a problem, the captain later came onto the speakers and explained he had been forced to abort the landing because there was another plane on the runway, Press Association Sport understands.

The landing left travellers shaken, with one passenger saying "that was not pleasant" while defender Rio Ferdinand tweeted:


Landed in Germany....just....I've only just recovered after that choppy landing! #TouchedCloth !! #mufc

United's entire first-team squad and coaching staff were on board ahead of tonight's Champions League fixture with Bayer Leverkusen.

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Germany take Tube to training ahead of England game

Commuters travelling on the Tube yesterday were joined by the stars of the German national team.

Led by manager Joachim Lowe, the entire squad including Per Mertesacker, Mats Hummels and Andre Schurlle took the London Underground to Wembley for training as they prepared for tonight's friendly against England.

Marcel Schmelzer (left), with Per Mertesacker, Rene Adler and Mats Hummels (right) Credit: DFB

The German football association (DFB) claimed this was the first time the "A-Team" had used the "subway".

A fan takes a picture of some of the stars including Roman Weidenfeller and Jerome Boateng. Credit: DFB

The DFB said the journey was not a publicity stunt, but a way of escaping the congested streets of the capital.

Germany manager Joachim Lowe pictured with his assistant. Credit: DFB

Germany and England are set to face each other tonight at Wembley as both Roy Hodgson and Joachim Lowe begin to assess their respective squads ahead of the World Cup in Brazil next year.

For all the build up to tonight's match and for live coverage of the game, visit ITV Sport

Man finds car five weeks after losing it at Oktoberfest

Silver VW Golfs are not uncommon in Munich. Credit: DPA

An Italian man has been reunited with his car five weeks after reporting it "swallowed by the Earth" at a famous German beer festival.

The man had driven to Oktoberfest in Munich but could not remember where he had parked his silver VW Golf on October 5th.

He returned to the city three times in attempt to find his vehicle before issuing posters with a reward of €200 (£168) if anyone helped him locate it.

But earlier this week the 44-year-old man, who asked to remain anonymous, was contacted by a reader of a German newspaper who spotted the car after reading a report about the mystery.

"Someone has read the story in your newspaper, saw the car and called me. Thank you so much," he told Abendzeitung Muenchen.

Germany promises quick aid in typhoon aftermath

As one of the most powerful storms ever recorded killed at least 10,000 people in the central Philippines, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle promised the region quick help after the natural catastrophe.

"We mourn the many many victims, we mourn with the many many families about the victims", he said after returning from the talks in Geneva. "It is self-evident that Germany will be be among those who will try to ease the suffering".

Germany's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle Credit: Reuters

Westerwelle said that Germany will show their support with an immediate help of 500,000 euros and in the longer run to assist technologically.

"A team of the THW (technical support) is on its way. And with the help of the crisis centres in the embassies Germany will decide what else can be done. Because we want the suffering of the people to ease as soon as possible", he said.

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