'Concern is growing over the health of Angela Merkel after the German Chancellor was overcome by a shaking fit for the second time in a little over a week on Thursday.
Eight days after footage showed Ms Merkel desperately trying to maintain composure as she shook from head to foot at a reception for the Ukrainian president, she has suffered another bout of trembling.
Footage from Thursday morning shows Ms Merkel’s legs shaking as she stands through a swearing-in ceremony in Berlin for the country’s new justice minister, Christine Lambrecht.
Ms Merkel can been seen clutching her arms in an attempt to control herself while glancing uncomfortably to her side. An aide then offers her a glass of water which she turns down.
The chancellor looks wobbly throughout the entire video of roughly one minute and ten seconds, which was shared by the German Press Association.
According to journalists present at the occasion, the 64-year-old quickly regained her composure after the ceremony was over.
Ms Merkel’s office immediately moved to dampen speculation that the incident was the symptom of an underlying health problem.
“The chancellor is doing well,” spokesman Steffen Seibert said. Mr Seibert also made clear that Mrs Merkel would be flying to Japan later on Thursday to attend the G20 summit in Osaka.
Last week Mrs Merkel could be seen shaking during a ceremony to welcome President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to Berlin. The jitters led to immediate concern over the veteran chancellor’s health.
But doctors who watched the video said it looked worse than it was. Several experts dismissed concerns that a more serious illness such as Parkinson's disease could be the cause, saying that temperatures of over 30 Celsius had likely caused her to become dehydrated.'
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