Wednesday 16 October 2019

Merkel sits at ceremony after latest shakes bout

German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo: Susan Walsh/AP
German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo: Susan Walsh/AP

Michael Silke

German Chancellor Angela Merkel sat down at a ceremony to welcome Denmark's prime minister yesterday, a day after she shook visibly when standing to receive Finland's premier - her third bout of shaking in three weeks.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen sat next to Dr Merkel at the welcoming with military honours on a warm day in Berlin before the two women walked to the chancellery. Dr Merkel, showing no sign of shaking, smiled broadly.

After meeting Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne on Wednesday, Dr Merkel said she was "working through" a bout of shaking that first occurred in mid-June, but insisted she was fine and that "just as it happened one day, so it will disappear".

The chancellor (64), in office since 2005, has no history of serious health issues.

Her office has given no explanation for the shaking episodes. On Wednesday, she gave no details of any medical advice or treatment she had been given.

Medical experts have played down speculation regarding the shaking episodes, saying there are multiple potential causes of tremor.

Dr Merkel is renowned for her work ethic and has a reputation for outlasting other leaders at EU summits.

Irish Independent

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