German agriculture secretary trips on a step and rips her tights

Merkel minister takes a tumble: German agriculture secretary trips on a step, rips her tights and loses her glasses during Bundestag debate

  • Julia Klockner, 47, said the slip was triggered by her glasses fogging with mask 
  • Footage shows her tripping on a metal step and twisting her ankle during debate 
  • Onlookers quickly rush over to help her to her feet and continue speech  

The German agriculture secretary twisted her ankle as she tripped on a step and ripped her lost during a Bundestag debate. 

Julia Klockner, 47, also lost her glasses during the tumble which she said may have been triggered from her glasses fogging up while wearing a face mask. 

Footage shows Ms Klockner tripping on the step and twisting her ankle before she flies through the air. 

She lands on the ground with a thud before her glasses fall off her face.  

Others at the debate then quickly rush to help her to her feet so she could continue the three hour budget debate on government policy. 

Julia Klockner, 47, also lost her glasses during the tumble which she said may have been triggered from her glasses fogging up while wearing a face mask

Ms Klockner told BILD: ‘I got stuck with my shoe on the metal bar on the step. But mask and glasses are not always a good combination for the correct level assessment.’ 

She revealed that her tights ripped on her knee after the dramatic tumble. 

Ms Klockner, a member of the Christian Democratic Union party, went on to joke that it was ‘more painful’ to listen to the speech of Annalena Baerbock – chairwoman of the German green party. 

Footage shows Ms Klockner tripping on the step and twisting her ankle before she flies through the air

Others at the debate then quickly rush to help her to her feet so she could continue the three hour budget debate on government policy

She added: ‘Except for a brief shock, everything is fine.’  

The budget meeting was a discussion of the country’s new debt of €180billion because of the coronavirus crisis. 

Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, a member of the Social Democratic Party, defended the new debt but the opposition, the Alternative for Germany Party, disagreed.   

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