German Chancellor Angela Merkel dismisses ‘trembling spell’ as dehydration


  • Health concerns were raised for German Chancellor Angela Merkel after she was seen visibly shaking in the heat while welcoming Ukraine’s new president to Berlin.
  • Merkel dismissed the incident as dehydration brought on by the midday heat.
  • The Chancellor reportedly recovered after drinking ‘at least three glasses of water.’

Concerns were raised for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s health after she had a minute-long trembling spell during an official ceremony on Tuesday.

Merkel, however, dismissed the incident as dehydration caused by the midday heat.

Merkel was welcoming Ukraine’s new president Volodymyr Zelenskiy to her Berlin office when the shaking started.

As the military band played their national anthems outside, Merkel’s whole body started to visibly shake as she stood next to Zelenskiy in the 28°C (82°F) heat.

Merkel seemed to recover after the anthems. She proceeded to walk quickly with Zelenskiy into the building, pausing to greet the military band and taking a salute.

A reporter asked about her well-being at a news conference about 90 minutes later.

Merkel responded with a smile and said, “Since then I’ve drunk at least three glasses of water, which I apparently needed, and now I’m doing very well.”

Meanwhile, 41-year-old Zelenskiy made light of the incident, saying he would have come to her rescue if necessary: “She was standing next to me and completely safe.”

According to Merkel, they discussed bilateral issues and the Minsk peace process during Zelenskiy’s first visit to the German capital as president.

According to the German news agency, dpa, Merkel has previously been seen shaking under similar circumstances in the heat, an incident that was also written off as Merkel not drinking enough water.

Back in 2014, Merkel postponed a television interview at the last minute due to reported weakness. She was reportedly able to carry it out later after eating and drinking something.

According to several medical personalities, however, shaking is not among the known symptoms of dehydration.

Peter Garrard, a professor at St George’s, University of London, surmised that it could be an “orthostatic tremor.”

The rare disorder usually affects people in their sixties. The shaking spreads from the legs to the upper body when patients stand. It often stops when they move — which could explain why the shaking stopped when Merkel started walking.

It is not publicly known, however, if Merkel has any health problems.

In addition, German privacy laws are very strict on that type of information being published by the media.

Merkel has led Germany since 2005 and will be turning 65 next month. She has been dubbed the European Union’s most influential leader and the most powerful woman in the world.

She is set to retire from politics at the end of her current term in 2021.


Source: Daily Mail

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