Merkel has 3rd bout of shaking, says she is fine


Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne, right, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel shake hands after a news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin on Wednesday.

Reuters BERLIN (Reuters) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was “working through” a bout of shaking that first occurred in mid-June and struck for the third time on Wednesday, though she insisted she was fine and that “just as it happened one day, so it will disappear.”

Earlier, Merkel shook back and forth as she stood outside and looked uncomfortable while watching a military ceremony marking the arrival of visiting Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne, who stood by her side.

After a previous shaking episode, when she met visiting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on June 18, Merkel said she felt better after drinking some water.

“I am fine,” Merkel told a news conference after Wednesday’s meeting with Rinne. “I have recently said that I am working through what happened during the military honors with President Zelenskiy.”

“This process is clearly not finished yet but there is progress and I must live with this for a while but I am very well and you don’t need to worry about me,” she added.

“I believe that just as it happened one day, so it will disappear. Otherwise I am convinced that I am quite capable [of doing my job],” she said.

She gave no details of any medical advice or treatment she has been given.

The chancellor, 64 and in office since 2005, has no history of serious health issues. Her office has given no explanation for the shaking episodes.

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

Though the three recent bouts of trembling have attracted more attention, there was at least one earlier instance, in 2017, when she was seen trembling through a military ceremony on a hot, humid day in Mexico City in 2017.

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

At Wednesday’s news conference, Merkel was asked twice about her health. In the follow-up question, pressed by Reuters on whether she should be more transparent, she said: “I think that my statement that I am fine can be accepted.”Speech

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