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Angela Merkel insists she’s fine after third public shaking episode

Mrs Merkel held her arms during a shaking episode in Berlin last month Mrs Merkel held her arms during a shaking episode in Berlin last month Credit OUTKAY NIETFELD AFP Getty Images
Deanna Wagner | 10 July, 2019, 20:08

The German chancellor was publicly observed shaking Wednesday for the third time in a month, though a spokesperson says the leader is "fine", per Sky News.

Her office has dismissed concerns about the chancellor's health, saying that the prior instances were due to the heat and dehydration.

The German Chancellor was seen shaking beside German President Frank-Walter Steinmeieras she swore in the new justice minister at Berlin's Bellevue Palace in late June.

She was first seen shaking last month during a welcome ceremony in Berlin for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

As in both those cases, the 64-year-old recovered quickly as she started walking.

Camera IconGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel on the day of her first shaking episode on June 18 in Berlin.

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"I think my statement that I am fine can find acceptance", she continued.

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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".

Merkel, who turns 65 in a week, has always enjoyed relatively robust health. She suggested that the psychological impact of the first incident was responsible for the subsequent episodes.

Merkel is renowned for her work ethic and has a reputation for outlasting other leaders at European Union summits with her ability to focus on the details of complex discussions deep into the night.

"I have recently said that I am working through what happened during the military honours with President Zelenskiy". "That is clearly not entirely complete, but there is progress".

In the United States, portions of the results of the president's annual medical examination is traditionally made public, but in Germany, political leaders are generally expected to enjoy more privacy around their health.

Merkel has rarely had to cut back her work schedule significantly - though she did so for a few weeks in 2014 when she cracked her pelvis while cross-country skiing in Switzerland during a winter vacation. "I am convinced - just as the reaction has occurred, it will also pass away again".

She has vowed to stay on as chancellor - the equivalent of PM - until 2021.