Angela Merkel shaking again—The German Chancellery tried to dispel worries Thursday after Angela Merkel, 64, was hit by a tremor crisis in public for the second time in less than 10 days.
Merkel was able to leave Thursday for Japan, where she will participate in the G20 summit in Osaka, after a visit by the Bundestag.
In the morning, the Chancellor, who has been in power since 2005, was seen shaking again publicly during the official ceremony of inauguration of the new Minister of Justice, Christine Lambrecht, at the Bellevue Palace in Berlin, residence of President Frank -Walter Steinmeier.
The crisis lasted about two minutes, observed a photographer from the German press agency dpa on the spot.
Seemingly trying too control the tremors, the German Chancellor, who turns 65 next month, crossed her arms during the speech of President Steinmeier, according to images broadcast on German television. The tremors stopped when she could take a few steps.
“There are no cancellations of appointments for today and tomorrow, the Chancellor is fine, she goes as planned by plane to Osaka,” reassured the Chancery in the wake.
The Chancellor left shortly after to Japan to attend the G20 summit where the program promises to be busy, with “many bilateral talks with other leaders planned,” added on Twitter her spokesman, Steffen Seibert.
On her return, Sunday she will take part in a European summit – the third in a month – which promises to be decisive: the leaders will have to agree on a name for the post of President of the Commission, and more broadly on a whole series key positions.
Merkel, who will be retiring from politics by the end of her term in 2021, is still accompanied by a doctor and a medical assistant from the health service of the Federal Foreign Office when she travels by plane for international summits or state visits.
A similar crisis of tremors, much more impressive, had touched her during an official ceremony on June 18 with the new Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky.
“I drank at least three glasses of water, that’s what I obviously missed and now I feel very good,” she said.
These tremors were thus attributed to dehydration and heat. Thursday, the temperature was mild in Berlin, lower than 30 °C, noted the German media.
“Angela Merkel is known for being almost indefatigable,” wrote on its website Germany’s most widely read newspaper, Bild.
Victim of a fractured pelvic ring in 2013 after a fall in cross-country skiing, she had hidden the pain for weeks before finally consulting under a false identity in a Berlin hospital.
But after the fall, “questions about her health had arisen,” the paper adds in an article entitled “Concerns for the Chancellor.”
In case of impediment, she would be replaced by Social Democrat Olaf Scholz, Minister of Finance who has the title of Vice Chancellor of the current coalition government. According to Article 69 of the Basic Law, he would be responsible for sending current affairs until the election of a new head of government by parliament.
Ms. Merkel had already felt uncomfortable in December 2014. She had suffered a drop in blood pressure during an interview. The recording was briefly interrupted and her entourage also explained that it was related to dehydration.