How is Angela Merkel doing? The German Chancellor has been seen shaking in public, twice in a few days. The last episode happened on Thursday at an official ceremony at Bellevue Castle in Berlin. The tremors stopped when she started walking. Her entourage assures that the Chancellor is fine, she has also canceled all appointments and went as planned to the G20 summit in Japan. Nevertheless, the medical mystery surrounding the Chancellor raises many questions.
On June 18, Angela Merkel was seen shaking for the first time in public. During a review of the troops, in full sun, in the company of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, her body began to shake. Her office at the time blamed the shaking on dehydration. “Since then, I have drunk at least three glasses of water,” she herself then said, “the water I apparently needed and I feel very good now.”
A spokeswoman for the German Chancellor insisted on Friday (June 28th) on the “good health” of Angela Merkel. “The images that can be seen from Osaka (at the G20 summit in Japan) show that the Chancellor is fully active and healthy, doing her job, going to appointments as planned”, spokeswoman Martina Fietz said during a press briefing in Berlin.
Merkel, who left Thursday afternoon for the G20 in Japan, has already met with US President Donald Trump and counterparts of the European Union and has also spoken in public.
The German press however is questioning the state of health of the Chancellor. Newspapers that are usually very respectful of privacy are now questioning doctors who have excluded Parkinson’s disease, but point to a possible infection that could cause such tremors.
For its part, the conservative newspaper Die Welt calls for transparency: “Because when such things become public, the question immediately arises: who really rules, who benefits from this bout of weakness?” However, if it evokes a possible “resignation”, Die Welt believes that it is not desirable at the moment because of the political repercussions of such a decision.
The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, which devotes its editorial to the controversy, advises people to ignore the croaking and to recall that “in any event, Merkel was fit enough to fly to Japan”, where she is taking part in the G20 summit.