Angela Merkel, 65, falls to the floor as she stumbles across the stage
Angela Merkel, 65, falls to the floor as she stumbles on stage and then jokes & # 39; the next time I use the stairs & # 39; – months after she was forced to refrain from standing in front of folk songs
- Merkel fell over when she entered the stage last night during a business event in Berlin
- The 65-year-old said she hadn't noticed the stairs to the podium
- Last summer, she suffered a series of episodes of uncontrollable audience shaking
German Chancellor Angela Merkel stumbled when she was on her way to a stage last night – joking that she would take the stairs next time & # 39; after she had restored her balance.
Merkel, who was forced to sit down during national folk songs after a number of health problems in the summer, fell over when she entered the stage on Wednesday evening during a business event in Berlin.
The 65-year-old said she hadn't noticed the stairs to the podium and lost her balance as she tried to climb up.
& # 39; I didn't see the stairs, I'll take them next time, & # 39; she joked when she was upright again.
Merkel spoke last night with the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Trade, a business group with headquarters in Berlin.
The long-term chancellor has promised to resign by the time of the next elections in 2021, but the succession remains open.
The issue came into sharper focus in the summer when Merkel received three episodes of public shaking within a few weeks.
The first fears were sparked on June 18 when Merkel was seen shaking while meeting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy – whom she attributed to being dehydrated.
Nine days later her arms and body were noticeably shaking when she stood behind the German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
The problem surfaced for the third time on July 10 when Merkel trembled while the folk songs were played during a visit from the Finnish prime minister.
Merkel insisted that she was doing well, but had to stop getting up during national folk songs.
Journey: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (dressed in red) fell over when she entered the stage on Wednesday evening during a business event in Berlin
Fall: Merkel said she hadn't noticed the stairs to the stage and stumbled over her speech
Recovery: As soon as she got back on track, Merkel joked to her audience of executives that she would take the stairs next time & # 39;
The 65-year-old has no history of serious health problems and has been in Chancellery since 2005.
Last year, she said farewell as party chairman in favor of Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, thus paving the way for AKK – she is well known – to take the top course.
However, Kramp-Karrenbauer has seen its popularity decline in the past year after a series of blunders.
In May, she suffered a backlash after appearing to have called for online censorship in response to a viral YouTube video that her party intended.
She also received sharp criticism from her social-democratic coalition partners for poking fun with transgender people in a light-hearted carnival speech.
June 18: In Merkel & # 39; s first episode of public shaking, she was trembling while standing next to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
June 27: Merkel grabs her arms as she shakes while standing next to the German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, at an event in Berlin
July 10: The vibration problem popped up for the third time when Merkel trembled while the folk songs were played during a visit by the Finnish prime minister
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