There Is No Need To Worry, Merkel Says After Health Scare
German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted she was “very well”, despite suffering her third trembling spell in less than a month on Wednesday that revived questions about her health.
Merkel began shaking involuntarily as national anthems were being played at the reception of Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne. But she attended a press conference as planned just around an
Merkel, who has been the leader of Europe’s biggest economy for almost 14 years, has always enjoyed relatively robust health, Frequently called the European Union’s most influential leader and the most powerful woman in the world, Merkel has said she will leave politics at the end of her term, in 2021. But she has struggled to stamp out repeated speculation that she may leave the political stage earlier than planned. The coalition that she had forged with the centre-left Social Democratic Party was fragile from the start, and has lurched from crisis to crisis. The latest health scares have prompted additional questions over the length of her reign. There were brief concerns about her well-being in 2014 when she was taken ill during a television interview. The broadcast was interrupted when she experienced a drop in blood pressure. Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert explained at the time that the leader did not feel well for a moment, then ate and drank something and continued the interview. Earlier that same year, she had fractured her pelvis while cross-country skiing in Switzerland and was ordered to cut back her schedule dramatically and stay in bed as much as possible for three weeks. A keen hiker too, Merkel herself once revealed that she has a “camel-like” ability to store energy for sleepless all-night summits. In case of emergency, Merkel would be replaced by Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who would carry out her duties until parliament elected a new leader.