It's not just Merkel's health on shaky ground

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's body tremor went viral in seconds, trending on Twitter.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's body tremor went viral in seconds, trending on Twitter.PHOTO: REUTERS

Under glare of social media, her decision to stay mum on shaking bouts is a careful move

For a third time in less than a month, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has shown signs of physical weakness, visibly shaking at a ceremony to welcome Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne in Berlin last Wednesday.

Once again, Dr Merkel, 64, played down the incident, telling a press conference: "I'm doing well. You don't have to worry about me."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 15, 2019, with the headline 'It's not just Merkel's health on shaky ground'. Print Edition | Subscribe