Chancellor Angela Merkel had to interrupt a TV interview on Monday night after feeling dizzy.

But after a short break and something to eat and drink she carried on.

The German leader was speaking to ZDF television, one of a series of interviews ahead of Tuesday’s congress of her conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) party.

“The chancellor was feeling unwell for a moment – then had something to eat and drink before continuing with the interview after that,” CDU spokesman Steffen Seibert said in response to a report in the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung.

Merkel is set to be re-elected as party leader for an eighth two-year term.

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