The work of the new government on the structural reform agenda needs to be accelerated in the period aheadLatin American markets roundup Jul 30, 2003
Brazil's performance under its stand-by arrangement with the Fund has so far been exemplary, and all performance criteria and structural benchmarks have been achievedIADB looks to ease LatAm credit crunch Dec 19, 2002
Building on this solid record, and the incoming administration's commitment to maintain the sound fiscal and monetary policies of recent years, the Fund looks forward to a close and productive cooperation with the authorities in implementing their policy agenda in the period aheadIADB looks to ease LatAm credit crunch Dec 19, 2002
The restoration of confidence is expected to lead to a decline in inflation over the next several monthsIADB looks to ease LatAm credit crunch Dec 19, 2002
Brazil is on a solid long-term policy trend which strongly deserves the support of the international communityOutside view: Brazil - A model economy? Sep 01, 2002
Horst Köhler, OIH (pronounced ( listen); born 22 February 1943) is a German politician of the Christian Democratic Union; he was President of Germany from 2004 to 2010. As the candidate of the two Christian Democratic sister parties, the CDU and the CSU, and the liberal FDP, Köhler was elected to his first five-year term by the Federal Assembly on 23 May 2004 and was subsequently inaugurated on 1 July 2004. He was reelected to a second term on 23 May 2009. Just a year later, on 31 May 2010, he resigned from his office in a controversy over his comment on the role of the German Bundeswehr in light of a visit to the troops in Afghanistan.
Köhler is an economist by profession. Prior to his election as President, Köhler had a distinguished career in politics and the civil service and as a banking executive. He was President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development from 1998 to 2000 and head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from 2000 to 2004.
Although the office of President is less influential than that of the Chancellor and is mostly concerned with ceremonial matters, Köhler became Germany's most popular politician during his tenure, with record-high approval ratings. He has called for more influence for the President and has suggested the President should be directly elected again, as was the case under the Weimar Constitution.