In Brief: Merkel trembles uncontrollably in third incident in less than a month

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told press on Wednesday there’s no need to worry about her, following her third shaking incident in less than a month. In other news, Ursula von der Leyen spoke to members of the European Parliament on Wednesday, a week ahead of the vote to confirm her nomination as EU Commission president.

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For the third time in less than a month, Chancellor Angela Merkel trembled seemingly uncontrollably during a public appearance.


Similar to the first incident, the shaking began when she was outside and standing on a red carpet as the national anthem played. This time Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne was beside her.

Merkel assured press Wednesday afternoon that she was fine. She referenced the first incident on June 18 – in that instance, Ukranian president Volodymyr Zelensky stood beside her at a military ceremony.

The chancellor said she’s been working through it since then, adding it clearly hasn’t completely gone away. But Merkel also said she’s made progress, she feels very good and there’s no reason to worry about her.

Merkel attributed that first incident in June to dehydration.

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The Berliner Zeitung reports that the BVG and public transport authority in Brandenburg are planning to raise their prices in January.

This report comes on the heels of news that Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller wants to make an annual BVG pass that costs 365 euros.

A spokeswoman for Berlin-Brandenburg’s public transport authority said a price hike could not be confirmed but that the supervisory board will meet – likely in September – to discuss the issue.

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CDU politician Ursula von der Leyen spoke to members of the European Parliament on Wednesday, a week ahead of next Tuesday’s vote to confirm her nomination as EU Commission president.

European Parliament member and Social Democrat Katarina Barley said von der Leyen was “precise” on some matters but “vague” on many others and that this is not the end of the discussion.

Von der Leyen spoke in favor of more ambitious action on climate change and a united EU approach to asylum and immigration.

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