Angela Merkel pictured shaking for third time in recent weeks

Clay Curtis
July 10, 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was seen visibly shaking during another high-profile diplomatic meeting, this time as she welcomed Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne as the countries' anthems played.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared to be shaking in Berlin on Wednesday while receiving Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne, according to reporters and witnesses.

Merkel is renowned for her work ethic and has a reputation for outlasting other leaders at European Union summits with her ability to focus on the details of complex discussions deep into the night.

On June 27 she gripped her trembling arms and pursed her lips at a ceremony in Berlin - nine days after footage of her shaking for a whole minute sparked health fears.

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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.

But the temperature in Berlin today only reached a mild 18C.

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"I'm fine", she told a news conference on Wednesday. "I said recently that I am in a phase of processing the last military honours with President Zelenskiy". Ms Demmer said she had "nothing to add".

She added: "This process is clearly not finished yet but there is progress and I must live with this for a while but I am very well and you don't need to worry about me".

Public figures' health is generally regarded as a private matter in Germany and the country's privacy laws are very strict on that type of information.

Merkel's public bouts of shaking have fuelled speculation about her health.

Merkel has rarely had to cut back her work schedule significantly - though she did so for a few weeks in 2014 when she cracked her pelvis while cross-country skiing in Switzerland during a winter vacation.

A keen hiker too, Merkel herself once asserted she had a "camel-like" ability to store energy for sleepless all-night summits. "I am convinced - just as the reaction has occurred, it will also pass away again".

She gave up the leadership of her centre-right party after a pair of poor state election performances that followed a rocky start to her fourth-term government.

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