Merkel seated again after shaking spells

Updated - July 16, 2019 11:14 pm IST

Published - July 16, 2019 11:02 pm IST - Berlin

 Chancellor Angela Merkel and Danish PM Mette Frederiksen sit during the anthems on Thursday.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Danish PM Mette Frederiksen sit during the anthems on Thursday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel remained seated for national anthems at an official ceremony on Tuesday for the second time in a week, after a series of shaking spells sparked concern about her health.

Ms. Merkel took a seat next to visiting Moldovan PM Maia Sandu during military honours for her guest on Tuesday.

She has suffered three bouts of shaking while standing at ceremonies, and remained seated last week as national anthems were played during a ceremony with Denmark’s PM.

However the German chancellor insists she is doing “very well” and there is no need to be alarmed about her wellbeing.

She has kept up a gruelling schedule since her first trembling spell a month ago including attending a G20 gathering in Japan followed by a crunch EU summit in Brussels.

Ms. Merkel is expected to embark on her annual summer holiday later this month.

A poll published at the weekend indicated that 59 percent of Germans saw the shaking as Ms. Merkel’s “private” matter, while 34 percent said it was a matter of public interest.

Ms. Merkel has been in power since 2005 and plans to step down at the end of her fourth term, in 2021.

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