The Bilderberg Meeting also unofficially called the "Bilderberg Group", "Bilderberg conference" or "Bilderberg Club" is an annual conference established in 1954 by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands with stated intention of fostering "dialogue between Europe and North America". Participants are European and North American political leaders, elite executives from industry, finance, academia, and the media. Partly because of its working methods to ensure strict privacy and secrecy, the Bilderberg Group has been criticised for its lack of transparency and accountability. Several conspiracy theories have arisen from both political extremes, some on the left accuse the Bilderberg group of conspiring to impose capitalist domination, while some on the right have accused the group of conspiring to impose a world government and planned economy.
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Quotes from Bilderberg Meeting's official website
- 67th Bilderberg Meeting to take place 30 May - 2 June 2019 in Montreux, Switzerland
- The key topics for discussion this year are:
- A Stable Strategic Order
- What Next for Europe?
- Climate Change and Sustainability
- The Future of Capitalism
- The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
- The Weaponisation of Social Media
- The Importance of Space
- Cyber Threats
- Founded in 1954, the Bilderberg Meeting is an annual conference designed to foster dialogue between Europe and North America. Every year, between 120-140 political leaders and experts from industry, finance, labour, academia and the media are invited to take part in the Meeting. About two thirds of the participants come from Europe and the rest from North America; approximately a quarter from politics and government and the rest from other fields.
The Bilderberg Meeting is a forum for informal discussions about major issues. The meetings are held under the Chatham House Rule, which states that participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s) nor any other participant may be revealed.
Thanks to the private nature of the Meeting, the participants take part as individuals rather than in any official capacity, and hence are not bound by the conventions of their office or by pre-agreed positions. As such, they can take time to listen, reflect and gather insights. There is no detailed agenda, no resolutions are proposed, no votes are taken and no policy statements are issued...
Quotes from Bilderberg Meeting Members
- Putin is by far the most formidable opponent in the world stage to our plans.
(most recent first)
- Bathed in late afternoon sun, the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, boarded a steamboat on Lake Geneva. He was there for drinks and nibbles with the King of Holland and the head of NATO, a glamorous end to a busy day at the Bilderberg summit. Representing the White House, Jared Kushner wore a beatific smile... Security at the wharf was drum tight. Amid a sea of secret service personnel, Pompeo was accompanied by the US ambassador to Switzerland... The pair looked keen to continue the geopolitical strategizing over canapés. The secretary general of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, was flanked by heavily armed bodyguards... He has attended the last three Bilderberg meetings, turning up for “informal discussions”... Up on deck, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands chatted to James O Ellis, a former head of US Strategic Command, now a director of Lockheed Martin. In all, it was a bit eerie watching such a relaxed, twinkly drinks party in the context of a conference featuring so many Pentagon officials and advisers and NATO strategy chiefs. A large chunk of the agenda had a military flavour: “The weaponisation of social media”, “cyber threats”, even “the importance of space”. A couple of weeks ago, Stoltenberg announced that NATO is about to announce a new “space policy”.
- Contrary to Diana Johnstone’s recent assertion that the escalating crisis between the U.S. and Russia “all began…in Yalta in September 2013,” ...we actually need to go back... to the May 2012 Bilderberg... Daniel Estulin, the foremost (non-member) expert on Bilderberg, reported in June 2012 that the “top headache” for the Bilderberg participants at that May 2012 meeting was Russian President Vladimir Putin because of his “opposition to war in Syria and Iran,” his “belligerence with respect to U.S. bases encircling Russia,” his “insistence on maintaining state sovereignty intact,” and his plans for another natural gas pipeline to Europe... that “could turn into a major victory for Russia” at the expense of competing plans... backed by Bilderberg members...
Estulin noted a Bilderberg “campaign to delegitimize Putin,” financed by “some very angry and powerful Anglo-American elites.” Present at that 2012 conclave were top executives from Royal Dutch Shell (CEO Peter Voser and Chair Jorma Ollila) and BP (CEO Robert Dudley). Also present was then-Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, now U.S. Secretary of State.
Interestingly, Daniel Estulin further reported that at the May 2012 Bilderberg meeting, “…one European Bilderberger openly admitted [that] ‘Putin is by far the most formidable opponent in the world stage to our plans.’ What makes [the] Bilderberg position that much more difficult is Putin’s moral position in ‘protecting and promoting its [Russia’s] national interest’.” In other words, Putin had done nothing wrong, and the Bilderberg participants knew it. But he is in the way of “our plans,” whatever those may be.
- Bilderberg members continued to ignore my enquiries... into 2000... although I held out no hope of a breakthrough. And then, one Tuesday morning, the phone rang. It was... a Bilderberg founder member, for 30 years one of their inner circle... a secret ruler of the world himself, should you choose to believe the assorted militants I had spent the past five years with. It was Denis Healey. "How can I help you?" he said. "Well," I said, "would you tell me what happens inside Bilderberg meetings?" "Okay," he said, cheerfully. There was a silence. "Why?" I said. "Nobody else will." "Because you asked me," he said. Then he added, "I'm an old fart. Come on over." Once Lord Healey had agreed to talk to me... other Bilderberg members became amenable, too (albeit on the condition of anonymity). These interviews enabled me to piece together the backstage mechanics of this most secret society... A tiny, shoe-string central office in Holland decides each year which country will host the next meeting... They say that each country dreads their turn coming around, for they have to raise enough money to book an entire five-star hotel for four days (plus meals and transport and vast security - every packet of peas is opened and scrutinised, and so on). They call up Bilderberg-friendly global corporations, such as Xerox or Heinz or Fiat or Barclays or Nokia, which donate the hundreds of thousands of pounds needed. They do not accept unsolicited donations from non-Bilderberg corporations.
- They decide who to invite... The notion of a Bilderberg person hasn't changed since the earliest days, back in 1954, when the group was created... "First off," said a steering committee member to me, "the invited guests must sing for their supper. They can't just sit there like church mice. They are there to speak. I remember when I invited Margaret Thatcher back in '75. She wasn't worldly. Well, she sat there for the first two days and didn't say a thing. People started grumbling. A senator came up to me on the Friday night... He said, 'This lady you invited, she hasn't said a word. You really ought to say something to her.' So I had a quiet word with her at dinner... the next day she suddenly stood up and launched into a three minute Thatcher special... The room was stunned... As a result of that speech, David Rockefeller and Henry Kissinger and the other Americans fell in love with her. They brought her over to America, took her around in limousines, and introduced her to everyone.
"I remember when Clinton came in '91," he added. "Vernon Jordan invited him along. He used it as a one-stop-shop. He went around glad-handing everyone. Nobody thought they were meeting the next president." (Of course, Jim Tuckerr would contend that they all knew they were meeting the next president - for they huddled together that weekend and decided he would be the next president.)