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Germany's Merkel Appears Unsteady, Shaking at Ceremony - Says Was Dehydrated

As a military band played their national anthems, the chancellor's whole body visibly shook and she pursed her lips as she tried to contain the situation

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, trembles strong as she and Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, left, attend the national anthems as part of a military welcome ceremony in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, June 18, 2019
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel says with a few glasses of water she's doing better, after starting to visibly shake when standing next to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in the hot sun.

Merkel grinned widely Tuesday when asked by reporters about her condition during the red-carpet reception for Zelenskiy about an hour earlier. As a military band played their national anthems, the chancellor's whole body visibly shook and she pursed her lips as she tried to contain the situation. 

After the anthems Merkel seemed better as she walked inside with Zelenskiy, and at the press conference told reporters she was fine.

She says "since then I've drunk at least three glasses of water, which I apparently needed, and now I'm doing very well."