Germany's Merkel sits for anthems after shaking episodes

Germany's Merkel sits for anthems after shaking episodes

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the visiting Danish prime minister sat through their countries' national anthems at a ceremony in Berlin on Thursday.

The first incident happened in near-identical circumstances as she stood alongside Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy at a military honours ceremony.

"We are working for Mrs von der Leyen to be elected", Merkel, also a conservative, told a news conference after meeting Denmark's prime minister in Berlin. "I have recently said that I am working through what happened during the military honors with President Zelenskiy".

"I will have to live with it for a while now, but I am very well and people don't have to be anxious", she added.

"That's not just because of the mistakes, but rather because the CDU chief doesn't really have a stage", said one CDU grandee. That is clearly not entirely complete, but there is progress.

She gave no details of any medical advice or treatment she has been given.

The 64-year-old, who has been in office since 2005, has no history of serious health issues. Her office has given no explanation for the shaking episodes.

Before getting a respite from public scrutiny during her summer vacation, she'll have to navigate several public appearances, including a military parade in Paris this weekend for Bastille Day.

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She later suggested that the psychological impact of the first shaking episode in mid-June was responsible for the subsequent incidents, saying that she "will have to live with it for a while" but there is nothing to worry about.

"You can assume that firstly, I know the responsibilities of my office and that I therefore act accordingly with regard to my health", Merkel said during a joint news conference with Frederiksen.

Although Merkel insisted "I am fine" on Wednesday, concern about her wellbeing is stoking discussion in the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) about when she should hand over power to her protege, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.

Merkel was also seen shaking on June 27 when she met German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier but her spokesman said she was fine and she later went ahead with her planned trip to Japan for a G20 summit.

"Merkel is the guarantee of stability and many people want her to serve a full term", he told Reuters.

Merkel said previous year that she won't seek a fifth term as chancellor and won't seek any other political job after her current term ends in 2021.

Opposition by Germany's Social Democrats, junior partners in the ruling coalition, to the nomination of conservative Ursula von der Leyen as European Commission chief is making governing hard, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.

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