HANS TIETMEYER, PRESIDENT, BUNDESBANK; FRANKFURT

HIS MERE UTTERANCES CAN MOVE MARKETS OR PUNCTURE INVESTOR CONFIDENCE

If the Romans had a god of central banking, he might look like Hans Tietmeyer. Tall, square-jawed, with white hair that often looks a bit windblown, and above all stern, the president of Germany's fiercely independent Bundesbank always seems ready to hurl down a thunderbolt against any sign of inflation. In fact, his role is nearly that Olympian. Europe's most powerful central banker, Tietmeyer has far more influence than any other individual over the Continent's interest rates, exchange rates and the course of its struggling economic rebound. This year he will be a pivotal figure in determining the fate of the...

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