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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Merkel’s Health Problems are Stirring the Government

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7Dnews London

Wed, 10 Jul 2019 20:02 GMT

The health of German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been raising more alarm by the second, especially after she insisted that she was "very well", despite suffering her third trembling spell in less than a month on Wednesday.

According to Bloomberg, questions about her health came up during her first bilateral meeting in Osaka, with US President Donald Trump, who called her a “fantastic woman.”

“Chancellor, how are you feeling?” one reporter shouted. Merkel didn’t respond, but just looked straight into the cameras.

Later on, during a “family photo” with all leaders attending the gathering, Merkel stood with her fingers touching in triangle shape, a gesture she often adopts, while other leaders waved to the camera. Merkel’s health was the main front page story today on Bild, Germany’s biggest-selling newspaper.

Merkel’s denial of her health problems has raised even more concerns not just about her health but also about her political contribution to the country, and even more so, over the length of her reign.

However, a source close to the government had said the cause of the repeated shaking was now psychological, with memories of the first incident provoking renewed trembling at events with similar settings.

The German media, until now, has largely refrained from speculating about Merkel's health but said they could not look away after a third time. Merkel’s involuntarily shaking and her attempt to assure journalists that her health was no cause for concern, could not go unnoticed.

The third incident took place as national anthems were being played at the reception of Finnish Prime Minister, Antti Rinne.

Later on, they stated that "If signs of physical or psychological weaknesses appear often, the government would have to rethink its stonewalling tactic. Otherwise, rumours will take on a life of their own."

As protocol dictates, 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.


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