The German Chancellor Angela Merkel broke silence over her health condition, she claims she is “very well”, despite suffering her third trembling spell in less than a month ago.
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 hour later, telling journalists that her health was no cause for concern.
She said, “I feel very well, there is no need to worry,” she said, adding that she was simply still in a phase of “processing” a previous shaking spell, but that “there has been progressing.
“I must now keep going with that.”
A source close to the government had said the cause of the repeated shaking was now psychological, with memories of the first incident provoking renewed trembling at events with similar settings.
On that occasion, she appeared unsteady and shook as she stood in the midday sun next to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, whom she was welcomed with military honours.
That first bout of shaking was blamed on dehydration, but a second episode struck a week later at the end of June, just hours before she was due to board a plane for a G20 summit in Japan.
She turns 65 next week.