Germany’s Merkel Sits for Anthems After Shaking Episodes

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen sat as they listened to the national anthems

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen sat as they listened to the national anthems

German Chancellor Angela Merkel grappled with intensifying scrutiny of her health by opting to sit through a ceremony where she might have trembled again and dodging pointed questions from the press.

The shaking on Wednesday was less severe than during the first episode in June, when she appeared unsteady and shook as she stood next to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

That first bout of shaking was blamed on dehydration, but a second episode struck a week later at the end of June, just hours before she was due to board a plane for a G20 summit in Japan.

"I will have to live with it for a while now, but I am very well and people don't have to be anxious", she added.

"I must now keep going with that", added Merkel, who turns 65 next week.

Because the health of public figures in Germany is regarded as a private matter, the country has very strict laws on the release of their health information.

Before getting a respite from public scrutiny during her summer vacation, she'll have to navigate several public appearances, including a military parade in Paris this weekend for Bastille Day.

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"I behave appropriately as far as my health is concerned", she told reporters when asked about her health at a news conference with the Danish prime minister.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, left, take their seats during the welcoming ceremony for a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Thursday, July 11.

"You can be sure that first of all I am aware of the responsibility of my office and therefore also act accordingly when it comes to my health". "And secondly, you can assume that I also have a great personal interest in being healthy and taking care of my health". She said after the incident that she was feeling fine and that there was no reason for concern. "Everything has its good side". As in both those cases, the incident started as she stood still without talking, and the 64-year-old recovered quickly as she started walking.

Merkel and Frederiksen listened to the military orchestra before entering German Chancellery.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted she was "very well", despite suffering her third trembling spell in less than a month on Wednesday that revived questions about her health. The weather that day was hot, and Merkel said afterwards that she was fine after drinking three glasses of water.

Merkel, who first came to her role in 2005, announced previous year that once her term ends in 2021, she will not seek a fifth term, nor will she pursue any other political job thereafter.

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