SPD leader Platzeck admitted to hospital

30th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

30 March 2006, BERLIN - The leader of Germany's co-ruling Social Democratic Party, Matthias Platzeck, was admitted to hospital on Wednesday suffering from sudden hearing loss, the party said in Berlin.

30 March 2006

BERLIN - The leader of Germany's co-ruling Social Democratic Party, Matthias Platzeck, was admitted to hospital on Wednesday suffering from sudden hearing loss, the party said in Berlin.

Platzeck is premier of the state of Brandenburg, on the outskirts of Berlin, and is the key partner to Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Her centre-right Christian Democrats and Platzeck's centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) established a federal coalition last year after neither big party managed to win an outright electoral majority.

Platzeck was diagnosed with idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss, a condition that medical literature says is often associated with stress and where there is usually no obvious physical damage to the ears.

Sources said he had consulted Wednesday afternoon a doctor who referred him immediately to hospital, and he was expected to stay the night there.

A former scientist, Platzeck shot to national leadership when the last SPD chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder, left the political stage.

DPA

Subject: German news

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