German chancellor began trembling at reception for Finnish prime minister

Angela Merkel has insisted she is “very well” after she was seen shaking at a public occasion for the third time in recent weekson Wednesday.


Angela Merkel has insisted she is in good health after experiencing a third bout of shaking in as many weeks at a public event in Berlin.


The German chancellor was seen trembling during military honours for Finland’s prime minister, Antti Rinne, in the forecourt of her chancellery on Wednesday morning.


The bout of shaking was said to be less intense than in the previous two instances, and stopped when Merkel moved her body.

Angela Merkel seen shaking for the third time in a month – video

“I am doing fine and you should not worry,” she said in a press conference after the meeting, adding that she was going through a phase of psychologically “processing” her first shaking episode last month.

Merkel’s public bouts of shaking have fuelled speculation about her health. On 18 June, she was seen involuntarily shaking during military honours for the visiting Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy. She later appeared to blame dehydration, saying she felt better after drinking some water.

She was seen going through a similar bout just a week later, during an appointment with the German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, at Bellevue Palace in Berlin.

Citing sources in government circles, the newspaper Stuttgarter Nachrichten said at the time that Merkel’s trembling had been triggered by the memory of the previous shaking bout, calling it a “psychological process”.

“I have already said that I am going through a phase of processing the recent military honours with President Zelenskiy,” the chancellor said on Wednesday. “This appears not to be quite finished yet, but I am making progress and will have to live with it for a while.”

Angela Merkel shakes during national anthem, blaming dehydration – video

She was also seen shaking during military honours in humid conditions in Mexico City on a visit in 2017.

The 64-year-old’s work ethic and stamina during late-night negotiations has become the stuff of legend since she became chancellor in 2005. She once prided herself on having a “camel-like” capacity to store up sleep.

Partially as a result of this reputation, the three televised instances of shaking have fuelled speculation about whether her intense schedule is beginning to take its toll.

The German Green party co-leader Annalena Baerbock had suggested Merkel’s shaking episodes could be connected to the climate crisis, saying at a press conference that “regarding the hot temperatures, we can see from the chancellor it is clear that this summer climate has health consequences”. She later apologised for her comments.

“There is little information available beyond what has been stated by Angela Merkel, so it’s impossible to know what might be the cause,” said Peter Roberts, emeritus professor of pharmacology at the University of Bristol.

“An initial effect caused by dehydration, followed by anxiety that it may occur again, might even be the cause. The stress response is a basic survival mechanism and kicks in as soon as a threat is perceived, including fear that something may happen”.

In the absence of any underlying pathology, Roberts said uncontrollable shaking could be the result of a normal stress response. “The problem with the response is that our bodies behave in this way in response to both real and feared threats. Indeed, the fear that your body is going to start behaving in a seemingly abnormal way may precipitate that very response.”

However Angela Merkel was filmed shaking for the third time in under a month on Wednesday as she met with the Finnish Prime Minister in Berlin. Dr Monah Mansoori said a “number of condition” could cause such tremors, including Parkinson’s disease. The GP told Sky News: “There are a number of conditions that could cause a shaking presentation or a tremor as we call it in medical circles.

“Some of them can be serious, for example having had a stoke, a neurological problem like Parkinson’s disease.

“However, other things that are less sinister could also cause this presentation.

“So for example, taking extra caffeine, perhaps having a generalised tremor which is non-sinister.

“Or even being on certain medication.”



On previous occasions she has blamed her unsteadiness on overheating or dehydration.

But the temperature in Berlin was only reached a mild 18C.

Mrs Merkel was last spotted shaking as she stood alongside President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at an indoor event where Germany’s new justice minister was formally appointed.

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) spotted shaking uncontrollably for the second time on June 27 in Berlin. Picture: AP

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) spotted shaking uncontrollably for the second time on June 27 in Berlin. Picture: APSource:AP



Obvious she is has an ongoing health issue, which she is not able to control, and if she could control it, I am sure she would do so with medication or by drinking more water, or having water on hand. Extra Caffeine? Yeah the Chancellor is an energy drink junkie?

We at Coercion Code don’t buy it. She has a form of Parkinson’s or something worse.