Angela Merkel Sits With Danish PM During Military Honours After Shaking Episodes

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen sat as they listened to the national anthems

Germany's Merkel sits for anthems after shaking episodes

A day earlier, Merkel was seen trembling while standing at the same spot when she welcomed Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the visiting Danish prime minister have sat through their countries' national anthems at a ceremony in Berlin, a day after the latest of three incidents in which Merkel's body shook as she stood at a similar event.

Merkel, who has been German leader since 2005, turns 65 on July 17.

Despite growing public pressure for her to open the books on the state of her health, she continued to be evasive, sidestepping a reporter's question regarding physical exams she was reportedly given on Wednesday.

These continuing series of violent and uncontrollable shaking incidents will no doubt continue to sow doubts as to whether Chancellor Merkel actually remains in good health.

The shaking on Wednesday was less severe than during the first episode in June, when she appeared unsteady and shook as she stood next to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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"Everyone should do that and recognize that a mega-stressful job can also leave its mark", she added.

"I said recently that I am in a phase of processing the last military honors with President Zelenskiy".

A second shaking attack took place nine days later when she met the new Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at Bellevue Castle.

Asked what her upcoming 65th birthday means to her, a smiling Merkel said that "it means you're not getting younger, but perhaps more experienced".

"I will have to live with it for a while now, but I am very well and people don't have to be anxious", she added.

Because the health of public figures in Germany is regarded as a private matter, the country has very strict laws on the release of their health information. It is not publicly known if Merkel has any health problems. She 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.

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"My comments on this are done today, and I think my statement that I am fine can find acceptance", she said. "Just like how it has come, one day it will go away too".

"I am very firmly convinced that I am entirely capable of performing", she added.

Her office has given no explanation for the shaking episodes.

In case of emergency, Merkel would be replaced by Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who would carry out her duties until parliament elected a new leader.

Refusing to seek a fifth term as chancellor, she is expected to exit public life after her current term ends in 2021.

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