Angela Merkel pictured shaking for third time in recent weeks

Cheryl Sanders
July 10, 2019

In November 2016, when announcing that she would seek a fourth term as chancellor, Merkel said: "It is a decision not just for an election campaign but about the next four years ... if health allows it".

For the third time in less than a month, Chancellor Angela Merkel had to downplay concerns that health issues could affect her leadership ability at a time that Germany's economy is slowing and her coalition is wobbling.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was seen shaking as she stood at a military honors ceremony alongside Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne outside the chancellery in Berlin. Cameras also appeared to capture several people curiously observing Merkel.

After the incident, Mrs Merkel said she was "very well" and there was "no need to worry".

On June 27 she gripped her trembling arms and pursed her lips at a ceremony in Berlin - nine days after footage of her shaking for a whole minute sparked health fears.

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

Merkel added that she is "very firmly convinced" that she is "entirely capable" of serving as chancellor, a position she's held since 2005. A spokesman on Wednesday dismissed any concerns over her health, saying "the chancellor is fine". Speculation in the German press for possible causes of her ailment ranged from low sugar levels and early stages of diabetes to neurological problems stemming from high stress and exhaustion.

The coalition that she had forged with the centre-left Social Democratic Party was fragile from the start and has lurched from crisis to crisis. The broadcast was interrupted when she experienced a drop in blood pressure. At the time, she said that she'd felt better after drinking three glasses of water.

Merkel has rarely had to cut back her work schedule significantly - though she did so for a few weeks in 2014 when she cracked her pelvis while cross-country skiing in Switzerland during a winter vacation. She once prided herself on having a "camel-like" capacity to store up sleep.

In case of emergency, Ms Merkel would be replaced by Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who would carry out her duties until parliament elected a new leader.

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