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Germany: Merkel and Denmark’s PM sit at welcoming ceremony in breach of protocol

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel was seen sitting next to Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during the welcoming ceremony, as the latter arrived in Berlin on Thursday.

Merkel and Frederiksen listened to the military orchestra before entering German Chancellery.

The usual welcoming protocol was breached following Merkel’s repeated shaking during official events.

The first time she was seen trembling was during the welcoming ceremony organised for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy who arrived in Berlin with an official visit on June 18. The second time the German chancellor was seen trembling while attending an appointment ceremony for Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht on June 27. The latest episode happened on July 10, when Merkel was receiving Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne, during a press conference later that day she assured that she was in good health.

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