Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Germany Consider Angela Merkel’s Health A Private Matter

Nearly 60% of Germans say Angela Merkel’s shaking in public is a personal matter, according to a survey. The chancellor, who turns 65 next week, has led Germany since 2005.

Fifty-nine percent of Germans believe that Angela Merkel should not have to publicly reveal information about her health following three shaking bouts in the past month, according to a poll published Saturday in the Augsburger Allgemeine Zeitung.

In the survey, 34% of respondents consider the chancellor’s shakes a matter of public interest with 7% of saying they were undecided.

A large majority of 70% of supporters of Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and the allied Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) consider the chancellor’s health her own business. Among Social Democrats (SDP), who back her coalition government, 60% followed suit.

For opposition parties, a whopping 67% of supporters of the Greens say the matter is private, followed by 59.2% of members of the Left party and 52.7% from the laissez-faire Free Democrats.

It is only members of the nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party who overwhelmingly consider Merkel’s health their business, with just 29.4% saying it is a private affair.

“The reactions show that a public health bulletin from a personal physician, as in the USA, will not soon be released for our top politicians,” Gregor Peter Schmitz wrote in a commentary for the newspaper published on Saturday. “On the other hand, should there be a further incident, the message that there is nothing to see here won’t cut it. And, if the facts aren’t correct, the situation will be difficult.”

Source: dw

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