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
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