Angela Merkel avoids handshake with Ursula von der Leyen
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The German Chancellor looked utterly horrified after the European Commission president approached with open arms to greet her at the EU summit in what appeared to be confusion over Coronavirus rules at the meeting.
In the footage Ms von der Leyen can be seen to enthusiastically approach Angela Merkel as she talks to a fellow delegate.
Reaching her arms out she tries to warmly greet Ms Merkel.
Despite the warm approach, Ms Merkel appears to look on in horror at the Commission President’s advance.
Sensing she had crossed a line, Mr von der Leyen immediately retracts her arms in a panic.
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But the outgoing German Chancellor appears to gather herself and accept that a handshake is a somewhat acceptable form of greeting at the summit.
Despite this, she appears to then thrust a clenched fist towards the Commission President as if to punch her hands.
Ms von der Leyen then appears to grasp Ms Merkels fist in what turns out to be a bizarre handshake.
The pair appear to laugh off the awkward interaction before Ms von der Leyen moves on from Ms Merkel to greet other delegates at the summit.
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The peculiar moment follows concerns on the bloc over soaring cases of Coronavirus.
Germany, where Angela Merkel is Chancellor, has seen a sharp uptick in deaths and infections in the last week prompting state leaders to consider new restrictions to contain the virus this winter.
On Thursday Germany recorded 17,508 new cases of Coronavirus.
It comes as the seven-day incidence rate in Germany stood at 85.6 per 100,000 residents on Thursday.
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This is up from 80.4 on Wednesday and 67 only one week ago.
It comes as state leaders in Germany will on Friday urge German lawmakers to maintain the health emergency-status which is due to end in November.
They will demand mask wearing rules continue to be followed and a continuation of the use of vaccination passports as well as the requirement to prove a negative test when participating in indoor activities.
Germany has recorded 95,000 deaths from Coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.
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