Fears for Angela Merkel's Health as She's Seen Violently Shaking at Event, WATCH
Concerns raised over the German Chancellor's health following incident
Concerns for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's health have been raised after she was seen uncontrollably shaking at an official ceremony welcoming Ukraine's new president Volodymyr Zelensky.
Merkel reportedly laughed off concerns about her health insisting she was just dehydrated in the heat.
The Chancellor appeared unsteady as she stood in the midday sun in Berlin on Tuesday.
In the video, Merkel's whole body visibly starts to shake as she seemingly tries to hold her composure while standing next to Zelenskiy.
Once the anthems had finished, she seemed to gather her composure before quickly walking along the red carpet with Zelenskiy into the building.
Minutes later, Merkel was pressed on her health by a reporter.
'Since then, I've drunk at least three glasses of water, which I apparently needed, and now I'm doing very well,' she said.
Merkel, who turns 65 next month, said she was fine when asked if her shaking was a cause for concern.
Zelensky made light of Merkel's uneasy spell, saying he would have come to her rescue if necessary.
The 41-year-old said: 'She was standing next to me and completely safe.'
German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared unsteady and was visibly shaking as she greeted the new Ukrainian leader in the hot sun in Berlin.— ABC News (@ABC) June 18, 2019
She later laughed it off, saying that she clearly hadn't drunk enough water. https://t.co/jovHOA2RgK pic.twitter.com/yEKe4BSsuC
According to the Daily Mail: About an hour later following their meeting, Mrs. Merkel told reporters at a joint news conference that they had discussed bilateral issues and the Minsk peace process during Zelenskiy's first visit to the German capital as president.
The dpa German news agency reported that this was not the first time Mrs. Merkel has been seen shaking under similar circumstances in the hot sun.
It did not give a date for that incident but said it was also ascribed to Mrs. Merkel not drinking enough water.
And in 2014, Mrs. Merkel postponed a television interview at the last minute after reported weakness, but her spokesman said at the time she was able to carry it out later after eating and drinking something.
It is not publicly known if Mrs. Merkel, who has led Germany since 2005, has any health problems.
German privacy laws are stringent 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 would leave politics at the end of her current term, in 2021.