Angela Merkel Sits With Danish PM During Military Honours After Shaking Episodes

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 11, 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel opted to sit through a ceremony welcoming Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen to Berlin on Thursday, a day after she suffered her third bout of shaking in less than a month during a similar event.

After greeting Denmark's new Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen at the portico of the chancellery, a smiling Merkel walked her over to a podium where both leaders took their seats.

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. She suggested that the psychological impact of the first incident was responsible for the subsequent episodes. 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. "Also as a person, I have a major interest in being healthy and I look after my health", said the chancellor who has her 65th birthday next week, quipping that every birthday made her aware that she was getting older.

The recent string of incidents has prompted some concern in German media - relatively mild by many other countries' standards, but somewhat unusual for Germany - about Merkel's health but isn't dominating news coverage in the country. She responded that she was very capable and that the ailment would go away one day just as it came.

Her office has given no explanation for the shaking episodes and Merkel has given no details of any medical advice or treatment she has been given.

Merkel has been chancellor for almost 14 years now and is known for her stamina and work ethic.

"Merkel is the guarantee of stability and many people want her to serve a full term", he told Reuters.

Ms Merkel addressed her health during the ceremony today. "That is clearly not entirely complete, but there is progress", she said.

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

Because the health of public figures in Germany is regarded as a private matter, the country has very strict laws on the release of their health information.

The chancellor has a reputation for stamina garnered in years of late-night domestic and European negotiating marathons.

Nevertheless, leading Bavarian GP Jakob Berger stated that the chancellor should undergo urgent health checks: "Her doctors must now press for some research". This is a stark contrast to her predecessor Gerhard Schroeder - who faced questions in office about his marriage and whether he dyed his hair.

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