Merkel seen shaking for third time in a month

Cheryl Sanders
July 13, 2019

In an unprecedented arrangement for a state visit, Merkel and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen remained seated during the playing of both countries' national anthems at reception outside the chancellery in Berlin on Thursday. "You can rest assured that I'm, for one, well aware of the responsibilities of my office and that I will act on questions regarding my health", Merkel said at a joint press conference with Frederiksen.

A day earlier, Merkel was seen trembling while standing at the same spot when she welcomed Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne.

She clarified, "I said recently that I am in a phase of processing the last military honors with President Zelenskiy". Mass-selling daily Bild asked after Wednesday's third episode whether Merkel should say more about her health.

The first incident happened in near-identical circumstances as she stood alongside Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy at a military honours ceremony. The second incident on June 27 rekindled concerns over her health after she was seen again unsteady at the German president's palace as she listened to his comments on the swearing-in of a new justice minister.

While Merkel may have bought herself some time, she hardly laid the concerns to rest.

The chancellor, 64 and in office since 2005, has no history of serious health issues. Merkel, who turns 65 next week, said with a smile that every birthday made her aware that she is getting older.

Like yesterday, she repeatedly attempted to clasp her hands in an attempt to futilely stop her shaking.

"I am fine", she told reporters after her meeting with Rinne.

However, sources in Merkel's conservative camp said neither she nor Kramp-Karrenbauer wanted to change the schedule that would see Merkel serve as chancellor until 2021.

German media continued to speculate over possible causes of the shaking, which ranged from low sugar levels to early-stage diabetes and neurological problems such as Alzheimer's.

"I will have to live with it for a while now, but I am very well and people don't have to be anxious", she added. 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".

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

Merkel is famously private, only rarely making public appearances with her husband.

Mrs Merkel, who has led Germany since November 2005, said previous year that she will not seek a fifth term as chancellor and will not seek any other political job after her current term ends in 2021.

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