Money: It Could Be Dawn

(See Cover)

Sitting with the Western world's chief central bankers as they weighed the gold crisis last week in Washington was a saturnine Frenchman who still bears the scars of his days as a Buchenwald prisoner. Though Pierre-Paul Schweft-zer, 55, spoke rarely, he got undivided attention when he did. As managing director of the 107-nation International Monetary Fund—which acts as an arbiter of exchange rates, guardian of fiscal good behavior among sovereign states, and rescue squad for countries in financial trouble—Schweitzer holds a pivotal role not only in the present struggle to...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!