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Merkel ‘doing well’ after visibly shaking at ceremony

Angela Merkel sparked concern after she began shaking vigorously as she greeted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Berlin.

The German chancellor, 64, was standing next to Mr Zelensky in the 28C (82F) heat on Tuesday while a military band played their national anthems outside the chancellery.

After a few seconds her whole body began to visibly shake and she pursed her lips as she tried to contain the situation, looking straight ahead as if appearing to focus.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel began shaking while standing next to new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
Image: Mrs Merkel focused ahead as she appeared to contain the situation

Moments later, she seemed better and walked quickly along the red carpet with Mr Zelensky into the building, pausing to greet the military band.

Mrs Merkel, who turns 65 next month, has since said she is doing well after drinking a few glasses of water, suggesting she was dehydrated.

Merkel listens to the German national anthem as she stands on a hot day with new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
Image: Angela Merkel began shaking while standing next to new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

“Since then I’ve drunk at least three glasses of water, which I apparently needed, and now I’m doing very well,” she said.

She laughed and smiled at Mr Zelensky, 41, who assured reporters “she was totally safe” by his side.

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Mrs Merkel also told journalists at a joint news conference that she and Mr Zelensky had discussed bilateral issues and the Minsk peace process during his first visit to the German capital as president.

It is not known if the German chancellor has any health issues, but the DPA news agency reported that this was not the first time Mrs Merkel has been seen shaking under similar circumstances under the hot sun.

Mrs Merkel appeared to be better following the anthems
Image: Mrs Merkel appeared to be better following the anthems

It did not give a date for the previous incident, but said Mrs Merkel also said it was due to lack of water.

In 2014, Mrs Merkel postponed a television interview at the last minute after reported weakness. However her spokesperson said she was able to carry it out later after eating and drinking something.

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