Angela Merkel seen shaking for third time in a month, but says she is ‘very well’

Angela Merkel seen shaking for third time in a month, but says she is 'very well'

July 11, 2019– Mary Greeley News – German Chancellor Angela Merkel insists people should not be worried about her health despite her body shaking visibly at a public event for the third time in less than a month.

Ms Merkel shook as she stood at a military honors ceremony alongside Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne outside the chancellery in Berlin, listening to the two countries’ national anthems.

It followed similar episodes on June 18 and June 27.

The former head of a German intelligence service has demanded an explanation of Angela Merkel’s shaking spells as the chancellor tweaked diplomatic protocol so she could be seated during the national anthem.

Hans-Georg Maassen, who was forced to resign from the helm of the country’s domestic spy agency in November, said the public ought to be told if their leader was in poor health. He is the first senior political figure to break the taboo on discussing the chancellor’s physical condition amid speculation that she may have a long-term illness.

As with the previous incidents, she began shaking as she stood still without talking, and the 64-year-old recovered quickly as she started walking.

The first incident happened in near-identical circumstances as she stood alongside Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy at a military honours ceremony.

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The second incident happened at the German President’s palace as she listened to his comments on the swearing-in of a new justice minister. Temperatures were much cooler that day, as they were on Wednesday.

Ms Merkel, who has been German leader since 2005, turns 65 on July 17. She suggested that the psychological impact of the first incident was responsible for the subsequent episodes.

“I am fine,” she told reporters after her meeting with Mr Rinne.

“I said recently that I am in a phase of processing the last military honors with President Zelenskiy. That is clearly not entirely complete, but there is progress.

“I will have to live with it for a while now, but I am very well and people don’t have to be worried,” she added.

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.

It is not publicly known if Ms Merkel has any health problems.

Ms Merkel is renowned for her work ethic and has a reputation for outlasting other leaders at EU summits with her ability to focus on the details of complex discussions deep into the night.

The Chancellor 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.

Ms Merkel demurred when asked at a news conference whether, given recent concern about her health, she should now take a more head-on approach to the issue.

“My comments on this are done today, and I think my statement that I am fine can find acceptance,” she said.

“I said that I have to process this event and that I am in this process, and I think that just as it came, it will go away one day.

“I am very firmly convinced that I am entirely capable of performing.”

A spokeswoman for Ms Merkel, Ulrike Demmer, declined to comment on whether there had been any other shaking episodes beyond the three publicly known ones.

Medical experts have played down speculation about what Ms Merkel’s ailment is, saying there are multiple potential causes of tremor.

Germany’s political establishment has observed a respectful silence over the shaking, but mass-selling daily Bild asked whether Ms Merkel should say more about her health after the third episode, arguing: “The silence, the dismissiveness is no longer so easy to understand.”

Ms Merkel said last year that she would not seek a fifth term as chancellor and won’t seek any other political job after her current term ends in 2021.

She gave up the leadership of her centre-right party after a pair of poor state election performances that followed a rocky start to her fourth-term Government. She has shown no sign since of wanting to give up the chancellorship before her term is up.

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