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For the third time within three weeks Merkel trembles violently in public. According to the Chancellor, the incidents are related.

Angela Merkel suffered a clearly visible tremor for the third time this Wednesday. During the military honours for the Prime Minister of Finland, Antti Rinne, in the Court of Honour in front of the Chancellery, Merkel again trembled violently. As soon as she moved, the trembling stopped.

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10.07.2019, 13:16 Uhr00:27 Min.Merkel trembles again at public performance

Eyewitnesses reported that she had trembled again for a long time while playing the national anthems on the podium – but this time not quite as much as in the previous cases.

The Chancellor has already had two tremors in public in recent weeks, when she had to stand still. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert stressed both times that the Chancellor was doing well. The deputy government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer denied health problems with Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) despite another tremor. “The Chancellor is doing well,” Demmer assured several times in Berlin on Wednesday.

The Chancellor herself also stressed: “I am very well. I am still in a processing phase of the first incident with Ukrainian President Selenskyj. Apparently it will take a little longer. But I’m doing very well. You don’t have to worry.

In mid-June Merkel trembled violently at the reception of the new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selenskyj. Only nine days later, she suffered another seizure in Bellevue Castle when Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier appointed the new Minister of Justice, Christine Lambrecht (SPD).

The incident at Selenskyj’s reception was explained by Merkel with the great heat and lack of water. After the repetition a few days later, Merkel had only said: “I am convinced that the way this reaction occurred, it will pass away again”. The Chancellor did not answer the question of what was behind the tremors and whether she had consulted a doctor for this reason. She could understand the question, she told journalists on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan. “But I have nothing special to report. I’m fine.”

The second time the reason was a psychological problem: The Chancellor had thought so much that she wanted to avoid another tremor, that exactly this had happened – “a psychological-processing process”, a government representative had told Reuters at the time. There was no cause for concern. The Chancellor had also rejected doubts about her state of health. Angela Merkel will be 65 next week. (Reuters, dpa, AFP)

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Mette Frederiksen is a The Washington Newsday correspondent. With her coverage of general science, NASA and the interface between technology and society, Frederiksen has been in the Science Desk's Technology Beat since joining Washington Newsday in 2018.

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