German economy minister rushed to hospital during committee meeting – reports

Germany’s Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier had to be rushed to a Berlin hospital after falling ill during a meeting, according to local press reports. His condition, as well as the cause of the health incident, remain unclear.

The 63-year-old federal minister was brought to Berlin’s Charite clinic by ambulance around 9pm local time on Monday, according to sources cited by Bild. He had reportedly complained of “malaise” and having difficulty speaking ahead of the Economic Committee meeting at a hotel in the capital. His current condition is unknown. 

“The minister had to be evacuated by the emergency doctor during the meeting of the economic committee this evening and is currently receiving medical treatment. Hopefully it’s not serious,” Bild’s Karina Moessbauer said in a tweet.

Paul Ziemak, the general secretary of Altmaier’s CDU party, also wished the minister a speedy recovery in a tweet, saying “Get well soon, dear Peter Altmaier!”

The incident on Monday is not the first time Altmaier has appeared in the headlines over a health scare. In October 2020, the minister fell from a stage after giving a speech, suffering a laceration to his head and a broken nose, according to local reports, some of which noted he may have briefly lost consciousness. He required treatment at the time but soon recovered. 

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