Horst Köhler

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Person.png Horst Köhler   Sourcewatch Website WikiquoteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Heidenstein, General Government
Alma materUniversity of Tübingen
SpouseEva Bohnet
Member ofClub de Madrid, Club of Rome
PartyChristian Democratic Union
Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, then (ceremonial) President of Germany, where he had to resign after supporting gunboat diplomacy.

Employment.png President of Germany

In office
1 July 2004 - 31 May 2010

Horst Köhler is a German politician of the Christian Democratic Union, and served as 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 reelected to a second term on 23 May 2009.

Just a year later, on 31 May 2010, he resigned from his office for being too blunt in his comment on why the German Bundeswehr was in Afghanistan. During his tenure as German President, whose office is mostly concerned with ceremonial matters, Köhler was a highly popular politician, with approval rates above those of both chancellor Gerhard Schröder and later chancellor Angela Merkel.[1]

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. From 2012 to 2013, Köhler served on the UN Secretary General's High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.[2]


While being a on message in most other issues, he had to resign after being too blunt when explaining why Germany occupied Afghanistan.

At the end of May 2010, during an interview on the return flight after a visit by Bundeswehr troops in Afghanistan, Köhler said in response to a journalist's question of whether the existing UN mandate was sufficient or if one needed a new way of talking about it:

No, we need a political discourse in society about why it is that respect and recognition are sometimes missing, even though the soldiers do such a good job. […] We are also fighting there for our security in Germany, we are fighting there with our allies, with other nations on the basis of a mandate from the United Nations, a resolution of the United Nations. […]

But my assessment is that overall we are on the way to understanding that a country of our size with this foreign trade orientation and thus also foreign trade dependency must know that when in doubt or in an emergency, it is also necessary with more militarily action to safeguard our interests, for example free trade routes, for example to prevent entire regional instabilities, which will certainly also affect our chances negatively in trade, jobs and income.

All of this is to be discussed and I think we are on the right way. [...] There will be deaths again, so to speak. Not only soldiers, but possibly also civilian construction workers in accidents. [...] Even at this price, in the end you have to protect your interest, so to speak. [...][3]


A Document by Horst Köhler

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Document:Uniting Behind A People’s Vaccine Against COVID-19open letter14 May 2020"COVID-19/Vaccine"A number of deep state operatives, including 14 Bilderbergers calling for the creation of infrastructure to rapidly jab everyone in the world.


  1. https://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/04/world/europe/suddenly-in-the-limelight-the-president-of-germany.html
  2. UN Secretary-General appoints Horst Köhler to High-level Advisory Panel; News Corner of the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations - New York; from 01. August 2012
  3. http://www.dradio.de/aktuell/1191138/