Angela Merkel seen struggling to stop herself trembling, for the second time this month

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been seen shaking uncontrollably during a meeting with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, her second such bout within two weeks.

Key points:

  • Ms Merkel was also seen shaking two weeks ago and attributed it to dehydration
  • Aides insist there is “nothing to worry about”
  • Ms Merkel is not running for re-election

Ms Merkel, 64, has no history of serious health issues and her spokesman insisted she was fine.

She is due to head to Japan for this weekend’s G20 summit.

While standing next to Mr Steinmeier as he addressed a farewell ceremony for Germany’s justice minister, Ms Merkel started shaking visibly in her upper body, then crossed her arms as if to brace herself. She was offered a glass of water but declined to drink it.

After the ceremony, Ms Merkel went on to the German parliament for the swearing-in of the new justice minister.

Berlin is currently in the grip of a summer heatwave.

She showed no signs of shaking and looked relaxed, chatting and laughing with Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

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Ms Merkel was seen shaking two weeks agowhen she met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, but later said she felt better after drinking some water.

Ms Merkel attributed her tremors to drinking too little water and too much coffee on a hot day.

“The memory of the incident last week led to the situation today — so [it was] a psychologically driven process,” an official said.

“There is nothing to worry about.”

Were Ms Merkel to be incapacitated, Mr Steinmeier would appoint a cabinet minister as acting chancellor until parliament elects a new chancellor.

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Ms Merkel has loomed large on the European stage since 2005, helping guide the EU through the eurozone crisis and opening Germany’s doors to migrants fleeing war in the Middle East in 2015 — a move that still divides the bloc and her country.

Ms Merkel began a stage-managed gradual exit from politics in October when she said her fourth term as chancellor would be her last and that she would not seek re-election in 2021.