German Fin Min due out of hospital Monday -Merkel

BERLIN, May 10 (BestGrowthStock) – German Finance Minister Wolfgang
Schaeuble, who was admitted to a Brussels hospital Saturday
after struggling repeatedly with his health in recent weeks,
should be released on Monday, Chancellor Angel Merkel said.

“According to my information, he should be released from the
hospital today,” Merkel said at a news conference in Berlin
called to discuss the European Union emergency loan package
aimed at preventing a sovereign debt crisis in the euro zone.

“I believe his health has improved greatly,” she added.

The 67-year-old Schaeuble, who has been wheelchair-bound
since he was shot and nearly killed by a mentally ill man in
1990, missed the Brussels meeting due to an allergic reaction to
a new antibiotic, his ministry said.

The setback was the latest in a string of health scares for
Schaeuble, one of the most experienced figures in German
politics, who is widely seen as having taken a more pro-European
line than the chancellor in efforts to stabilise the euro.

Ongoing concerns about his health have forced the government
to quell speculation it could have to reshuffle the cabinet to
replace Schaeuble. His absence over the weekend has reignited
talk that his days in the post may be numbered.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, who deputised for
Schaeuble in Brussels, is seen as a possible replacement.

Conservative Hesse state premier Roland Koch, and Juergen
Ruettgers, premier in North Rhine-Westphalia, were also tipped
as potential candidates by business daily Handelsblatt.

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(Reporting by Christopher Lawton; editing by Jason Webb)

German Fin Min due out of hospital Monday -Merkel