Concerns rise for German Chancellor Angela Merkel after another public shaking incident

Merkel was seen shaking as she met President Frank Walter Steinmeier in Berlin on Friday

Merkel was seen shaking as she met President Frank Walter Steinmeier in Berlin on Friday

Angela Merkel was seen shaking as she met President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, her second shaking bout within two weeks - but her spokesman has said the German chancellor is fine.

"I've drunk at least three glasses of water, which I apparently needed, and now I'm doing very well", she said.

A spokesman for the German leader dismissed any concerns over her health.

Asked about her health after the latest incident, Ms Merkel's spokesman said the German chancellor is fine and will still be taking part in this weekend's G20 meeting in Japan. "The chancellor is fine".

She was offered a glass of water, but did not drink it - despite blaming the previous incident on dehydration.

At a press conference that followed, the 64-year-old German leader blamed the shakiness on dehydration.

Merkel was due to set off for Japan later Thursday for the annual summit of the Group of 20 global powers.

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Hot weather in Germany has continued this week, though outdoor temperatures in Berlin dropped significantly overnight after peaking at around 37 degrees Celsius (99 Fahrenheit) on Wednesday.

Angela Merkel was seen shaking at a public event for the second time in less than two weeks.

Another government official told Reuters that while Merkel attributed the tremors on June 18 to drinking too little water and too much coffee on a hot day, Thursday's episode was more a psychological issue as she tried desperately to avoid a repeat.

Mrs Merkel was previously filmed trembling while standing next to Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky eight days ago.

That capacity would be called on in the next three days, when she will have a grueling schedule to follow - with the two-day G20 summit followed immediately by a meeting of European Union leaders in Brussels from Sunday to decide on the top jobs in the bloc.

There were brief concerns in 2014 when she was taken ill during a television interview. She has said she will leave politics at the end of her term, in 2021. She has shown no sign since of wanting to give up the chancellorship before her term is up.

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