For most, the first weekend of June was marked by sunny afternoons in the park, barbecues and growing anticipation for the World Cup. In the small town of Stiges, a seaside town in Spain not far from Barcelona, however, the world’s elite were gathering for the mysterious Bilderberg Conference.
So what’s the big deal? After all, the world’s leaders come together for high profile retreats quite regularly.
Well, this is not your typical weekend conference. The Bilderberg Group, established in 1954 by Jozef Retinger, a leading advocate for European unification and founder of the European Movement and the Council of Europe, meets once a year, unofficially, and is run in virtually complete secrecy.
The guest list of the Conference is not public, nor is the agenda, and the meetings are run under Chatham House rules.
Leaks are rare, which has led to a host of conspiracy theories around the real purpose behind the group. Information on past attendees, however, has slowly leaked out, further stirring the fire as some of the most prominent EU and US leaders have been named as participants, including former EU Commissioner Peter Mandelson, Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, Former US President Bill Clinton, World Trade Organisation Director Pascal Lamy, European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet, just to name a few.
If you believe all of the theories out there about the Bilderberg Group, this conference is either a harmless meeting to share information and promote cooperation, or itis actually ruling the modern world.
Concerns over the Conference and its influence on global events have even been brought to the attention of the European Parliament which was briefed by an investigative journalist who has extensively studied the Group, Daniel Estulin.
During a speech to the European Parliament, Mr Estulin presented what he describes as the ‘real intentions’ of the group – to collapse the global economy and make the world a corporation. The Group was presented as ‘an all-seeing evil eye’ and as ‘a virtual spider web of interlocking financial, political and industrial interests.’
Personally, I imagine that in reality the Group’s activities and purpose falls somewhere in the middle, but if conspiracy theorists are to be believed and the group is really planning the invasion of Iran and to kill the Euro in favour of a global currency, we had better all watch out!
To be honest, however, the real question that comes to my mind is – how do I get an invite?