Angela Merkel Seen Shaking For The Third Time In Weeks

Angela Merkel Seen Shaking For The Third Time In Weeks

On that occasion she appeared unsteady and shook as she stood in the midday sun next to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, whom she was welcoming with military honours.

At a joint news conference with Rinne following their meeting, Merkel dismissed concerns about her health. "I have recently said that I am working through what happened during the military honors with President Zelensky".

Speaking to journalists afterwards, Mrs Merkel said: "I feel very well, there is no need to worry".

"Just like how it has come, one day it will go away too".

"I am convinced that I am quite capable of doing my work", Merkel said. She has shown no sign since of wanting to give up the chancellorship before her term is up.

The chancellor has repeatedly played down health concerns following the two previous incidents.

But she has struggled to stamp out repeated speculation that she may leave the political stage earlier than planned.

While coverage of the first shaking bout in German media was initially restrained, newspaper columns have since been filled with medical experts speculating about the cause.

According to the Focus website, the shaking affected her whole body and lasted over a minute.

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

Public figures' health is generally regarded as a private matter in Germany and the country's privacy laws are very strict on that type of information. A government official told Reuters that was more a psychological issue as she tried desperately to avoid a repeat. She has a reputation for stamina garnered during years of late-night domestic and European negotiating marathons.

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".

-If Merkel is permanently unfit for office, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier would have to consult with coalition leaders and then nominate a candidate able to win an absolute majority in the Bundestag. In subsequent days, she appeared to be fine, joking about the incident.

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