Merkel health fears: Chancellor breaks protocol during anthem after three shaking attacks
Sept. 19, 2019
ANGELA MERKEL health fears are growing after the German Chancellor once again chose to break from protocol to sit during a national anthem.
Germam Chancellor Angela Merkel chose to break with protocol again during the welcoming reception of Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic. Mrs Merkel took a seat beside Ms Brnabic as the Bundeswehr band played the anthems of both nations.
This is not the first time Mrs Merkel has broken protocol to sit down during the playing of national anthems after suffering a series of shaking shaking episodes in recent months.
She took a seat alongside Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda, as Deutschlandlied’, also known as ‘Das Lied der Deutschen’, played out in early August.
And during a recent trip to China Mrs Merkel sat down while Prime Minister Li Keqian stood up next to her in Beijing.
Her first bout of shaking came in June during a military ceremony to welcome the new Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky to Berlin in Germany.
A week later she was trembling again when she attended an event with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Speaking after the second attack, Mrs Merkel’s team said it was caused by her fear of repeating the first episode of tremors.
They told German newspaper Stuttgarter Zeitung: “There is nothing to worry about. The memory of the incident last week led to the situation today. It’s a psychological process.”
Mrs Merkel has blamed the first public shaking bout on dehydration.
The German leader had a third shaking bout as she stood for national anthems with Finland’s prime minister Antti Rinne in Berlin.
She then chose to break with protocol the following day when she remained seated during a welcoming ceremony for the Danish prime minister Mette Frederiksen.
Mrs Merkel has led Germany since 2005, making her the longest-serving political leader of a major Western democracy.
Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg