Germany: Merkel seen shaking in public for third time in a month

  • Germany: Merkel seen shaking in public for third time in a month

Germany: Merkel seen shaking in public for third time in a month

After the meeting on Wednesday, she said she was "working through" a bout of shaking that first occurred in mid-June, but insisted she was fine and that "just as it happened one day, so it will disappear".

All three incidents in which Merkel's whole body shook in public took place as she stood still without talking, and ended immediately once she started walking.

On June 18, Chancellor Merkel also desperately attempted to stop herself from shaking for at least a minute as she stood next to the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

Ms Merkel addressed her health during the ceremony today.

A visibly calm Merkel, who will turn 65 next week, was seated beside Frederiksen during the playing of both countries' national anthems at Thursday's event outside the chancellery.

She said: "First of all I want to say something about the question about my health".

"I said recently that I am in a phase of processing the last military honours with President Zelenskiy".

In the United States, portions of the results of the president's annual medical examination are traditionally made public, but in Germany, political leaders are generally expected to enjoy more privacy around their health. "I behave appropriately as far as my health is concerned", she told reporters when asked about her health at a news conference with the Danish prime minister.

Ms Demmer said she had "nothing to add". Thus, it is not publicly known whether Chancellor Merkel has any serious health problems.

The chancellor has a reputation for stamina garnered in years of late-night domestic and European negotiating marathons.

Earlier that same year, she had fractured her pelvis while cross-country skiing in Switzerland and was ordered to cut back her schedule dramatically and stay in bed as much as possible for three weeks.

"That's not just because of the mistakes, but rather because the CDU chief doesn't really have a stage", said one CDU grandee.

"I am very firmly convinced that I am entirely capable of performing", she added.

The recent string of incidents has prompted some concern in German media - relatively mild by many other countries' standards, but somewhat unusual for Germany - about Merkel's health but isn't dominating news coverage in the country.

Merkel has been chancellor for almost 14 years now and is known for her stamina and work ethic.

She gave up the leadership of her center-right party after a pair of poor state election performances that followed a rocky start to her fourth-term government.

Nevertheless, leading Bavarian GP Jakob Berger stated that the chancellor should undergo urgent health checks: "Her doctors must now press for some research".