BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel was seen shaking as she met President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday, her second such bout inside two weeks, however her spokesman mentioned she was superb.
Merkel, 64, has no historical past of significant well being points. She was attending a farewell ceremony for Justice Minister Katarina Barley, who’s leaving to turn into a lawmaker within the European Parliament.
Berlin is within the throes of a heatwave. As she shook, Merkel crossed her arms as if to brace herself. She was provided a glass of water however declined to drink it whereas Steinmeier spoke.
On June 18, Merkel was additionally seen shaking when she met visiting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy however later mentioned she felt higher after ingesting some water.
Requested if the chancellor would participate on this weekend’s G20 assembly in Japan, the spokesman mentioned: “All the pieces is going down as deliberate. The chancellor is properly.”
After the ceremony with Steinmeier, Merkel went on to the Bundestag decrease home of parliament for the swearing-in of the brand new justice minister. She confirmed no indicators of shaking and appeared relaxed, chatting and laughing with Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
Merkel is famend for her work ethic and has a repute for outlasting different leaders at European Union summits together with her capacity to concentrate on the small print of advanced discussions deep into the evening.
Up to now, she has joked that she is a “sleep camel” who can go days with only a few hours of sleep so long as she will get a full evening of shut-eye on the weekend.
Merkel has loomed giant on the European stage since 2005, serving to information the EU by the euro zone disaster and opening Germany’s doorways to migrants fleeing battle within the Center East in 2015 – a transfer that also divides the bloc and Germany.
The chancellor faces a grueling schedule within the coming days.
Afterward Thursday, she flies to Japan for the G20 assembly earlier than heading to Brussels for an EU summit on Sunday at which she’s going to play a key position in making an attempt to seal a deal on the distribution of the bloc’s prime jobs for the following 5 years.
Merkel appeared her ordinary self when she fielded questions from lawmakers throughout an hour-long session in parliament on Wednesday, shortly after which she gave a speech on the Humboldt College of Berlin.
Merkel started a stage-managed gradual exit from politics in October, when she mentioned her fourth time period as chancellor could be her final and that she wouldn’t search re-election in 2021, when the following federal election is due.
In December, Merkel handed over the chair of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) to her protege Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, although her unconvincing begin within the position has set again the celebration’s plans for a clean management transition.
When Merkel got here into workplace in 2005, George W. Bush was U.S. president, Jacques Chirac was within the Elysee Palace in Paris and Tony Blair was British prime minister.
Reporting by Reuters Tv and Andreas Rinke, Writing by Paul Carrel, Enhancing by Michelle Martin and Angus MacSwan