German Leader Merkel Seen Shaking for Second Time in 10 Days

German Leader Merkel Seen Shaking for Second Time in 10 Days

According to her spokesman, the German Chancellor is fine, and going to proceed with going to Japan for a G20 summit, and to Brussels for talks on the new EC chief.

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has been seen sharking during a public event, after a similar occurrence last Tuesday, sparking concerns for her health.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared unsteady at an event in Berlin on Thursday and was seen briefly shaking for the second time in recent weeks.

The incident took place during a farewell ceremony for outgoing Justice Minister Katarina Barley in Berlin, DW reported.

Merkel was seen trembling while standing next to German President Frank Walter-Steinmeier, and her shaking was caught on video footage.

She was offered a glass of water, but rejected it, and, according to reporters, she appeared to be fine when she arrived in the Bundestag, German Parliament, 30 minutes later.

Despite the incident, Merkel’s spokesman made it clear the chancellor was going to continue to take part in an event to swear in Germany’s new justice minister, and that she would go ahead with a trip to Japan for the G20 summit there this weekend.

“Everything is taking place as planned. The chancellor is well,” the spokesman said.

After the G20 summit in Japan, she is supposed to go to Brussels for tough talks on determining the future President of the European Commission, the EU’s executive body.

The first incident with Merkel’s shaking during a public appearance was last Tuesday when she stood alongside Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

Later she said she felt better after drinking water but her whole body was seen shaking so public concerns over her condition have persisted.

Not unlike much of the rest of Europe, Germany is in the midst of a heat wave that has seen temperatures soar in Berlin.

At the end of 2018, Merkel herself decided not to run for another term as head of her party, the CDU, and to step down as Chancellor of Germany after the completion of her fourth term in 2021. She has been succeeded at the former post by Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (AKK) in December 2018.

(Banner image: TV grab from DW)

Ivan Dikov is a Bulgarian journalist and author. He studied political science / international relations and history at Dartmouth College and later in Sofia, in the Eastern Balkans. He’s served for five years as the editor-in-chief of Bulgaria’s largest English-language media – As a freelancer, he has collaborated with media from the US, the UK, Germany, and Australia.

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