German Head of State Quits Why Horst Köhler Was an Unhappy President

Horst Köhler's resignation on Monday came as a shock to Germany. But it was long clear that he was unhappy in his job, and his departure will allow a fresh start for the office of the president.
German President Horst Koehler, right, enters his car to leave the president's residence: His attempts to guide the country fizzled.

German President Horst Koehler, right, enters his car to leave the president's residence: His attempts to guide the country fizzled.

Foto: Markus Schreiber/ AP
Roland Nelles is SPIEGEL ONLINE's Berlin bureau chief and head of the Politics and International News Desk.
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