Angela Merkel has been seen shaking for the second time this month as fears grow for the German Chancellor’s health.
Footage showed Merkel, 64, trembling as she met President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday – but her spokesman claimed soon after that the German chancellor was ‘fine’.
In the video she can be seen folding her arms in an apparent attempt to stop her hands and body from violently juddering.
Close-up footage appears to show her clothing quivering as she holds her hands together.
Chancellor Angela Merkel was seen shaking as she met President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin
The German Chancellor was seen folding her arms as she attempted to contain the juddering motion
An aide then rushes to her side to offer her a glass of water, which she declines – suggesting she may have been suffering from the dehydration she claimed caused a shaking bout two weeks ago.
Earlier this month, Merkel was also seen shaking when she met visiting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
She later claimed to have been dehydrated and said she felt better after drinking some water.
Merkel, who turns 65 next month, was attending a ceremony on Thursday to decommission Justice Minister Katarina Barley, who is leaving to become a lawmaker in the European Parliament.
Merkel’s spokesman said she would participate later in the swearing in of the new justice minister.
Asked if the chancellor would take part in this weekend’s G20 meeting in Japan, the spokesman said: ‘Everything is taking place as planned. The chancellor is well.’
An aide stepped in to offer her a glass of water, suggesting she may have been suffering from the dehydration she claimed caused the last incident of shaking
Merkel had been attending a ceremony on Thursday to decommission Justice Minister Katarina Barley
Members of the German and international media watched on as Merkel struggled to contain the shaking
Merkel told students on Wednesday last week ‘I feel well’ during a visit to Goslar in Germany’s Harz mountains after shaking during her meeting with Zelenskiy.
The chancellor appeared unsteady and shook as she stood in the midday sun next to visiting Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, whom she was welcoming to her office building in Berlin with military honours.
She was asked by a reporter about her wellbeing at a news conference about 90 minutes later, she said: ‘I’ve drunk at least three glasses of water and so I’m doing fine.’
Zelensky, 41, made light of Merkel’s uneasy spell, joking that he would have come to her rescue if necessary.
‘She was standing next to me and completely safe,’ he said.
Mrs Merkel was seen shaking under the midday sun earlier this month as she welcomed visiting Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky (pictured)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky upon Zelensky’s arrival at the Chancellery ten days ago
Mrs Merkel’s whole body visibly shook and she pursed her lips as she tried to contain the situation as she stood with Zelenskiy in the 28C (82F) heat while a military band played their national anthems outside the chancellery.
But following the anthems, Mrs Merkel seemed better, walking quickly along the red carpet with Zelenskiy into the building, pausing to greet the military band and taking a salute.
It is not publicly known if Mrs Merkel, who has led Germany since 2005, has any health problems.
German privacy laws are very strict on that type of information being published by the media.
Merkel is frequently called the European Union’s most influential leader and the most powerful woman in the world.
She has said she will leave politics at the end of her current term, in 2021.
The German Chancellor, 64, told students on Wednesday last week ‘I feel well’ during a visit to Goslar in Germany’s Harz mountains
CAN DEHYDRATION GIVE YOU THE SHAKES?
After Angela Merkel was seen shaking the first time two weeks ago, she said she was just dehydrated.
However, the NHS does not list shivering or tremors as a known symptom of dehydration – when the body loses more fluid than it takes in.
Instead, symptoms usually include: feeling thirsty, having dark urine, feeling dizzy, tired or light-headed, or having a dry mouth.
Dr Sarah Brewer, a GP and medical director of Healthspan, said: ‘In general, several different things can contribute to shaking, such as shivering with cold.’
She told MailOnline it could be caused by having an over-active thyroid, a condition which the NHS says is 10 times more likely to strike women than men.
Dr Brewer added that shaking could be a side effect of some medication. The US National Library of Medicine lists 17 different drugs that can cause the shakes, including caffeine, antibiotics, antidepressants, alcohol or nicotine.
Shaking, which is uncontrollable, can also be a sign of low blood sugar – a serious complication often seen in diabetic patients.
Or, it can be caused by a fever, fear, stress or a medical condition called essential tremor. The neurological disease strikes up to four per cent of people over the age of 40 in the UK, data suggests. It is unclear how common it is in Germany.
Peter Garrard, a professor at St George’s, University of London, said Mrs Merkel’s symptoms ‘seem to fit with a diagnosis of orthostatic tremor’.
The rare disorder tends to strike people in their sixties. Patients can suffer shaking in their legs when they stand, which can spread to their upper body. It often stops when they move.
Professor Garrard told MailOnline: ‘The apparent severity [of Mrs Merkel’s shakes] is probably amplified by the hang of Mrs Merkel’s loose fitting tunic and trousers.
‘It typically goes away when the sufferer hangs on to or leans against something, which may explain why she does not appear tremulous when she is standing behind a lectern.’
Dr Philippa Kaye, a London-based GP, told MailOnline: ‘Importantly it [Mrs Merkel’s shakes] seemed to stop when she started walking.
Mrs Merkel has never spoken of any medical ailment she has.
Ley Sander, a professor of neurology at University College London told MailOnline the shakes Mrs Merkel had was definitely ‘not a sign’ of Parkinson’s – a condition often associated with tremors.