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Angela Merkel must give health update after shaking, third of Germans say

ANGELA Merkel should bare all about her health following three disturbing shaking episodes caught on camera, more than a third of Germans have demanded.

A poll of 4,495 German voters found 34 percent of voters favoured details on the German Chancellor’s health being published. Up to 51 percent said it was her own business, while seven percent said her shaking was nobody’s business but her own in research by pollster Civey conducted on Thursday and Friday for the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper published today. The voters were asked: “In your view, should Angela Merkel provide detailed public information about her state of health, or is this her private concern?”

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Mrs Merkel, who has no history of serious health issues, insisted “I am fine” on Wednesday, after trembling at the ceremony to receive Finland’s premier, and said she was “working through” a bout of tremors that first occurred in mid-June.

The episodes have raised serious questions about her health regardless.

Mrs Merkel, who turns 65 next week, shook visibly at a welcoming ceremony for Finland’s prime minister on Wednesday – the third such episode in as many weeks.

On Thursday, she broke protocol and sat at a similar welcome for Denmark’s premier.

The episodes have concerned many Germans and fired up a debate among some of the chancellor’s Christian Democrats about whether she should pass power to her protege sooner than a planned handover in 2021.

Despite this, she has declined to give any details about her health. Mrs Merkel is famously private, only rarely making public appearances with her husband.

This is in stark contrast to her predecessor Gerhard Schroeder – who faced questions in office about his marriage and whether he dyed his hair.

Mrs Merkel has led Germany since 2005, making her the longest-serving political leader of a major Western democracy.

In the US, portions of the results of the president’s annual medical examination are traditionally made public, but in Germany, political leaders are generally expected to enjoy more privacy around their health.

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