Berlin (dpa) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has brushed off concerns over her third shaking fit in just over three weeks, saying that she is “very much capable” of carrying out her duties.
“There is no need for concern,” Merkel said at a press conference with Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne in Berlin, adding that she was “completely convinced” that she is “very much capable.”
Merkel put it down to the after-effects of a similar attack she suffered in mid-June at a reception for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, terming Wednesday’s fit as being in the “processing phase.”
At the time she put that shaking fit down to be dehydrated on a very hot day and said she was fine after drinking three glasses of water.
Only nine days later she had another shaking fit when the new Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht was being appointed by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at his official residence, Berlin’s Bellevue Palace.
“It’s obviously not quite finished yet, but there is progress,” Merkel said on Wednesday.
When asked whether the public was entitled to know how she was doing after the third incident within a few weeks, Merkel responded cautiously.
“I believe that my remarks about it have been made for today. And I think that my statement that I am well will find acceptance,” she said.
She said was currently processing the earlier event. “And I believe that, as it happened, it will one day pass. But I am not there yet,” the chancellor said, without elaborating on what she meant by being in a “processing phase.”
Merkel suffered Wednesday’s shaking fit during an outside reception with military honours for Prime Minister Rinne on a relatively cool July day.run
Eyewitnesses reported that the chancellor shook for a long time during the playing of the national anthems.
This time, however, the fit was not quite as strong as in previous cases.
Doctors have been reluctant to speculate on Merkel’s health, which is considered a private matter, even for the country’s leaders. In the past, she has been commended for her physical resilience and stamina while working a job that involves long hours and frequent long-haul trips.
High-ranking German politicians do not have their own personal doctors, such as the US president has for example. In principle, Merkel would receive treatment from the same physicians that treat the general public.