62nd Bilderberg conference to take place from 29 May – 1 June 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Copenhagen, 26 May 2014 – The 62nd Bilderberg meeting is set to take place from 29 May until 1 June 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. A total of around 140 participants from 22 countries have confirmed their attendance. As ever, a diverse group of political leaders and experts from industry, finance, academia and the media have been invited. The list of participants is available on http://www.bilderbergmeetings.org
The key topics for discussion this year include:
- Is the economic recovery sustainable?
- Who will pay for the demographics?
- Does privacy exist?
- How special is the relationship in intelligence sharing?
- Big shifts in technology and jobs
- The future of democracy and the middle class trap
- China’s political and economic outlook
- The new architecture of the Middle East
- What next for Europe?
- Current events
Founded in 1954, Bilderberg is an annual conference designed to foster dialogue between Europe and North America. Every year, between 120-150 political leaders and experts from industry, finance, academia and the media are invited to take part in the conference. About two thirds of the participants come from Europe and the rest from North America; approximately one third from politics and government and the rest from other fields.
The conference is a forum for informal discussions about major issues facing the world. 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 of any other participant may be revealed.
Thanks to the private nature of the conference, the participants 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 desired outcome, no resolutions are proposed, no votes are taken, and no policy statements are issued.
Of particular note to me is this alarming statement questioning the very existence of privacy.
Among some notable participants: Huang, Yiping, Professor at Peking University (indicating the evolution of Chinese involvement within liberal elite power blocs), David Petraeus (noteworthy in light of his role in the Benghazi scandal), Kasim Reed (Mayor of Atlanta), Eugene Rumer (Senior Associate and Director, Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace), Eric E.Schmidt (Executive Chairman, Google Inc.), Thiel, Peter A. (a notable returnee who gained some notoriety among libertarians for donating $2 million to the Ron Paul campaign), among others.
This will be the second year without Jim Tucker, who died about a month or so prior to the last Bilderberg meeting in 2013. Perhaps Daniel Estulin will have some luck disseminating some details.