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Serious concerns over German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s health have grown after she was seen shaking uncontrollably in public for the third time in the last few weeks. Chancellor Merkel, whose term ends in 2021, downplayed the trembling episodes claiming she was doing “very well” and “no one should be worried.”
The first bout of trembling occurred on June 18 when she stood alongside Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during the playing of the national anthems. Days later she was seen shaking during a public appearance with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
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The state of Chancellor Merkel’s health is a matter for national concern, former German domestic intelligence chief Hans-Georg Maassen said. “The state of a political leader’s health is not a private matter,” the former spy chief tweeted on Wednesday. “The people in Germany have a right to know whether their leader is still physically in a position to fulfill her office with all her strength.”
Considering her health, Chancellor Merkel broke protocol on Thursday when she opted to remain seated during the national anthem ceremony as she welcomed Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen in Berlin.
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While most of the German news outlets reassured the public and did not challenge the official version, Germany’s Bild newspaper ran the headline: “It just doesn’t stop: Merkel and her shaking fits.” In another headline, the tabloid dared to speculate: “What will happen if Merkel really gets incapacitated?”
German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported the latest incident:
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On Wednesday, Merkel, 64, suffered a third bout of shaking within the space of a few weeks while standing in the courtyard at the Chancellery. But before long, she seemed her usual self again — the chancellor that many have long come to know: calm, matter-of-fact, emotionally restrained but with a slight smile.
Merkel’s health began making headlines after she was seen shaking during a reception...
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