Merkel's health is a private matter, Germans say after shaking bouts

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 14, 2019

Bild counted 21 foreign trips that Merkel, who turns 65 next week, has been on so far this year, which it said was more than 41-year-old French President Emmanuel Macron, on 17, and 62-year-old British Prime Minister Theresa May, on 16.

According to German media, on Thursday, the chancellor was seated as she listened to the anthems of Germany and Denmark during a meeting with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen.

Nearly 60 per cent of Germans think that Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has recently experienced a number of shaking bouts in public, is not obliged to inform the society about her health condition, a poll conducted by the Civey pollster shows.

The poll was conducted by pollster Civey for the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper and asked: "In your view, should Angela Merkel provide detailed public information about her state of health, or is this her private concern?"

The shaking episodes - all while standing at ceremonies - have unnerved many Germans, who look to Angela Merkel as a rock in an unstable world, and have raised questions about her health and whether her punishing schedule is proving too much.

Just 34 per cent said her health details should be published, with 7 per cent undecided.

The chancellor, who has no history of serious health issues, insisted "I am fine" on Wednesday, after trembling at a ceremony to receive Finland's prime minister, and said she was "working through" a bout of tremors that first occurred in mid-June. Mrs Merkel is famously private, only rarely making public appearances with her husband.

Mrs Merkel has led Germany since 2005, making her the longest-serving political leader of a major Western democracy.

She plans to step down before the next federal parliamentary election, due in 2021.

Ms Merkel made a decision to seek a fourth term only after long reflection, and said in November 2016 she was seeking to stay on "if health allows".

Leading the European Union's (EU) largest economy, 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.

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