Angela Merkel has another shaking incident at Antti Rinne ceremony

This was Rinne's first visit to the German capital for talks since becoming Prime Minister.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) meets Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne (R) in Berlin, 10th July 2019 / Credit: Steffen Kugler

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has suffered from another bout of shaking, during a meeting with Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP).

Rinne was making his first visit to Berlin since becoming Prime Minister, and the incident happened as the pair were outside reviewing a military guard. In video of the event, Merkel can be seen shaking from head to toe, gripping her hands closed, as she stands next to Rinne.

Afterwards, Merkel told reporters that she felt fine. It’s the third time the Chancellor has been seen shaking at public events recently, sparking concern over her health.

Antti Rinne has had his own health scares in recent months. At the end of 2018 he was hospitalised in Spain. Later, he suffered further complications when he returned to Finland, with some media outlets reporting he was in a coma for two weeks and close to death.

However, once he was cleared to join the general election campaign trail in the spring he had visibly lost weight and seemed to have more energy than previously.

Prime Minister meets Chancellor

In bilateral meetings, Rinne and Merkel discussed Finland’s six month EU Presidency, the incoming European Commission and the rule of law, the EU budget and strengthening common European values, according to a statement from the PM’s office.

“At the moment there are dark clouds in Europe that threaten democracy and freedom of speech” said Rinne.

“We must do something to ix this. Europeans should have no reason to be afraid of speaking their mind” he added.

Climate change was also on the agenda when the two leaders met, with Rinne saying there was a need to “strengthen the EU’s global role in mitigating climate change, promoting free trade and defending the rules-based system, which has a strong transatlantic foundation”.