Germany's Merkel Insists She Feels Well After 3rd Public Trembling Spell

Germany's Merkel Insists She Feels Well After 3rd Public Trembling Spell

Germany's Merkel Insists She Feels Well After 3rd Public Trembling Spell

German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared to be shaking in Berlin on Wednesday while receiving Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne, according to reporters and witnesses.

On June 27 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.

Ulrike Demmer, a deputy government spokesperson, largely batted away journalists' questions on Wednesday but said that the 64-year-old has "kept all her appointments over the last three weeks and is in good form".

Merkel rejected doubts concerning her ability to continue her work as head of the German government, noting that "I am very firmly convinced that I am entirely capable of performing".

Merkel shook back and forth as she stood outside and looked uncomfortable as she watched a military ceremony marking Antti Rinne's arrival.

She blamed the first bout of shaking on dehydration, but a second episode came a week later at the end of June, hours before she boarded a plane for the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan.

At Wednesday's news conference, Merkel was asked twice about her health.

Mrs Merkel was last spotted shaking as she stood alongside President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at an indoor event where Germany's new justice minister was formally appointed.

"I believe that just as it happened one day, so it will disappear".

Mrs Merkel is now in her fourth term as chancellor, a role she first began in November 2005.

Mr Cornelius urged the Chancellor to "explain" why she keeps shaking as "concern is growing" among Germans over her health.

"Public concern is growing because this is the second incident and the Chancellor, who is basically healthy and very robust, now seems to be somehow ill". NBC reported Germany has "strict privacy laws regarding personal medical information". The two leading coalition partners, including the Social Democrats, did poorly in European elections in May, putting further pressure on the coalition.

Were Merkel to be incapacitated, Steinmeier would appoint a cabinet minister as acting chancellor until parliament elects a new chancellor. She is due to go on holiday later in the summer.

Merkel announced past year that she would not seek re-election when her term ends in 2021.

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