Published: Wed, July 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Merkel spotted shaking for third time in less than a month

Merkel spotted shaking for third time in less than a month

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and Prime Minister of Finland Antti Rinne listen to the national anthems at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

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

Mrs Merkel, 64, was handed a glass of water but rejected it, and appeared fine when she arrived in parliament half an hour later. Merkel's body shook visibly as she stood at a military honors ceremony alongside the Finnish prime minister outside the chancellery in Berlin on Wednesday.

A keen hiker too, Merkel herself once asserted she had a "camel-like" ability to store energy for sleepless all-night summits.

The second incident over a week later, which occurred indoors, she tried to explain with a psychological disposition.

A government spokesperson said she would continue meetings as planned.

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Aides blamed dehydration for her last bout of shakes and dismissed health worries - but the fresh video today is likely to renew speculation over her future as leader. "I said recently that I am in a phase of processing the last military honours with President Zelenskiy".

Merkel, who will turn 65 next Wednesday, is known for her work ethic and has a reputation for outlasting other world leaders at lengthy summits. "That is clearly not entirely complete, but there is progress", she said.

Camera IconGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel on the day of her first shaking episode on June 18 in Berlin.

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.

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

She has come under pressure to step aside after the ruling parties did poorly in European elections in May and her coalition threatens to fall apart. "Should the chancellor tell us how she really is doing?", read a headline on the homepage of Bild, the country's largest newspaper.

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