Rising temperatures has people reeling under the heat and even German Chancellor Angela Merkel was recently seen facing the brunt of it. The world leader was seen shaking terribly alongside Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky on a hot day in Berlin.
Videos of the 64-year-old leader visibly struggling in the heat as she stood next to Zelensky while a military band played the two countries’ anthems in the midday sun — left people concerned online. The temperatures in the German capital were approaching 30-degree Celsius at the time, BBC reported.
Merkel’s whole body visibly shook and she pursed her lips and folded her fists as she tried to contain the situation outside the chancellery.
Quickly, the videos of the chancellor went viral, many worried about her health and safety. Many lauded her for staying put despite it. “I’ve seen seasoned soldiers collapse on parade in cooler climes than this.. an impressive show from #Merkel,” wrote one user online. A few others remarked as to why didn’t Ukraine’s President intervene and helped her.
Oh man. Why did the Ukraine leader jus stand there? I hope Merkel’s doing okay. https://t.co/U5TVwlUbed
— Ruth ரூத் (@Ruthstweets) June 19, 2019
— Left Handed, Right Minded And A Journalist !! (@nikunj_akhil) June 19, 2019
Its summer people, remember to drink water…or eat high water content food 🍉🥥🥒🍇
i know this feeling of dehydration and shakes and it can be scary. I dont know how she was able to stay in that one position so long. https://t.co/CIhOxRbk9g
— Francine 💋 (@franavis) June 19, 2019
— Thomas Newton (@SkyTNewton) June 18, 2019
How could Ukraine’s President just stand there and witness this?! Love me some Merkel- hope she’s okay. https://t.co/HxdF0Uhom4
— Don Champion (@DonChampionTV) June 18, 2019
Poor lady what a nightmare. Trying so hard to control it.
— Sara Mcloughlin (@SaraCo13) June 18, 2019
I see a very strong woman. Resilient and steadfast to duty and service. May God bless and strengthen her. Amen.
— Engr. Michael Ucheibe (@McUcheibe) June 18, 2019
Is she diabetic? I’ve seen someone get the shakes like that, then they went once they had a sugary drink.
— Lunar (@NingalooBaby) June 18, 2019
Astounded as to why the person next to her did nothing at all https://t.co/snLDMRaE1X
— Nana Akua 🇬🇭 (@osheyybaddest) June 18, 2019
Very uncomfortable viewing, I hope she is okay.
The saddest part is, instead of hearing feet running to help and see if she’s okay we only hear frantic clicking of cameras….
— Yvonne Tobin (@yvonnectobin) June 18, 2019
— Nkosi Barrow (@nkosi) June 18, 2019
Ohhhhh how horrible, why did not someone come to her aid? She is shaking. I hope she is well, such a nice lady. Blessings Mrs. Merkel from the USA. We love you. https://t.co/mnD8dpDBnE
— bmhay1 (@bmhay1) June 18, 2019
What are we to make of this? Angela Merkel claims dehydration. But, to the best of my knowledge, shaking like this is not a symptom of dehydration. Or is it? https://t.co/RSUVf9aHET
— Mike Elgan (@MikeElgan) June 18, 2019
Later, while addressing the media Merkel has said she was feeling fine and blamed dehydration for the ordeal.
“Since then I’ve drunk at least three glasses of water, which I apparently needed, and now I’m doing very well,” she said.
Having double-checked our source material — and from multiple angles — we can assure the skeptics among us: Merkel’s shaking is real.
And here’s what the chancellor herself had to say about it 👇 pic.twitter.com/4gDboTDlAu
— DW Politics (@dw_politics) June 18, 2019
She laughed and gave Zelenskiy a smile when he assured reporters the chancellor had been secure at his side, AP reported.
The DPA news agency reported that this was not the first time Merkel has been seen shaking under similar circumstances under the hot sun. It did not give a date for that incident but said it was also ascribed to Merkel not drinking enough water.