Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted that she was "very good", despite the fact that she had suffered her third vibrating game in less than a month on Wednesday and focused her attention on her health.
Merkel began to shake involuntarily when national folk songs were played at the reception of Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne. But she attended a press conference about an hour later, telling journalists that her health was not a cause for concern.
"I feel very good, you don't have to worry," she said, adding that she was just still in the "processing" of an earlier shaking spell, but that "there has been progress."
"I'll have to live with it for a while," Merkel added, turning 65 next week. "Just as it came, it will one day disappear," she said.
A source close to the government had said that the cause of the repeated shaking was now psychological, with memories of the first incident that gave rise to shaking again at events with similar institutions.
Shaking on Wednesday was visible, although less severe than during the first episode in June. On that occasion she seemed unsteady and shook as she stood in the afternoon sun next to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, whom she welcomed with military honor.
The first attack of shaking was attributed to dehydration. But a second episode struck a week later at the end of June, just a few hours before she was about to go to the plane for a G20 summit in Japan.
Officials had tried to downplay her fears for her health, and said she was doing well and that she would not cancel scheduled appointments. Merkel has been the leader of Europe & # 39; s largest economy for almost 14 years.
She is often called the most influential leader of the European Union and the most powerful woman in the world. Merkel has said she will leave politics at the end of her term of office, in 2021. But she has struggled to eradicate repeated speculation that she may leave the political scene earlier than planned.
The coalition she had forged with the center-left Social-Democratic party was fragile from the start and went from crisis to crisis. The most recent fright for health has given rise to additional questions about the duration of her government.
There were brief concerns about her well-being in 2014 when she fell ill during a TV interview. The broadcast was interrupted when she experienced a fall in blood pressure.
Merkel's spokesperson explained at the time that the leader was not feeling well, ate and drank something and continued the interview. Earlier that same year she broke her pelvis while cross-country skiing in Switzerland and was instructed to drastically reduce her schedule and stay in bed as much as possible for three weeks.
Also an enthusiastic walker, Merkel herself once claimed that she had a "camel-like" ability to store energy for sleepless nocturnal peaks. German media, who had largely refrained from speculating about Merkel's health during her second spell of shaking, said they could not look away for the third time.
"Angela Merkel's health is now a political issue," said Bild, Germany's best-selling daily newspaper. "If signs of physical or psychological weakness often appear, the government should reconsider its tactics of breaking the rules, otherwise rumors will take on a life of their own," the newspaper warned.
In an emergency, Merkel would be replaced by Deputy Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who would perform her duties until Parliament elected a new leader.
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