Angela Merkel seen shaking uncontrollably for second time in nine days
GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared unsteady and was shaking uncontrollably today for the second time in just over a week.
She gripped her trembling arms and pursed her lips at a ceremony in Berlin – nine days after footage of her shaking for a whole minute sparked health fears.
Mrs Merkel was shaking again as she stood alongside President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at an indoor event where Germany’s new justice minister was formally appointed.
She seemed to grimace as she clutched her arms, apparently in an effort to hide the shakes.
Mrs Merkel, 64, was handed a glass of water but rejected it, and appeared fine when she arrived in parliament half an hour later.
Her spokesman later said she was fine and would attend the G20 summit in Japan.
He said: “Everything is taking place as planned. The chancellor is well.”
Mrs Merkel – the most powerful woman in the world – is Europe’s most influential politician and is expected to play a pivotal role in Brexit negotiations with Britain’s next PM.
On Tuesday last week, Mrs Merkel’s whole body shook as she stood outside in 28C weather alongside Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky.
The chancellor said at a news conference 90 minutes later: “Since then I’ve drunk at least three glasses of water, which I apparently needed, and now I’m doing very well.”
Mr Zelensky, 41, said he would have come to her rescue if necessary, insisting her health is not a matter of concern.
Aides blamed dehydration and dismissed health worries – but the fresh video today is likely to renew speculation over her future as leader.
Reports in Germany say she has been seen shaking before, especially under the sun.
In 2014, she postponed a TV interview at the last minute because she felt weak.
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