Angela Merkel shakes uncontrollably in public for the second time in two weeks, folds her arms visibly to stop the trembling
Fresh concerns about German Chancellor Angela Merkel's health have risen after the leader was seen shaking uncontrollably for the second time this month. The moment was captured in a video when the 64-year-old met Germany's President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday. The incident, at a farewell ceremony for Justice Minister Katarina Barley, was captured on a live feed by the Reuters news agency.
The clip showed her arms and body noticeably trembling as Merkel continually folded her arms in an apparent attempt to stop her hands and body from convulsing. A close-up footage of the incident showed the difficulty with which she was attempting to keep the quivering under control as she tightly gripped her arms together.
Merkel's spokesperson, after the incident, however, claimed that she was "fine."
"Everything is taking place as planned. The chancellor is well," the spokesperson told CNN, suggesting that Merkel would continue to take part in the G20 summit in Japan set to be held this weekend.
Germany's Merkel seen shaking for second time this month. More here: https://t.co/7XidSxNHtk pic.twitter.com/3NS3CxIloq— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) June 27, 2019
The incident comes 10 days after she was seen violently shaking during a meeting with visiting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Merkel blamed dehydration for the incident and added that she felt better after drinking some water.
During Thursday's incident, an aide rushed towards her to offer her a glass of water, which she declined. Medical experts have made speculations over what could have caused her to shake like that, with some suggesting that she might have an overactive thyroid and some saying it could be because of low blood sugar. Multiple viewers also wondered if the shaking could be considered a symptom of Parkinson's disease, however, medics have countered the view, saying it is not likely that it was Parkinson's.
Merkel, after the ceremony ended with Steinmeier, went on to the Bundestag lower house of parliament for the swearing-in of the new justice minister. The Chancellor looked relaxed and did not show any signs of shaking. She was even seen laughing and chatting with Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz.