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Secretive power group gathers in St Moritz

AFP · 8 Jun 2011, 14:31

Published: 08 Jun 2011 14:31 GMT+02:00

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The Bilderberg Group of some 100 political and economic leaders, as well as aristocrats, will meet from Thursday in the chic Swiss ski station of St Moritz.

The exact location and date of the meeting has been shrouded in mystery. A spokesman from the Graubunden canton told AFP that it will take place at the mountain resort, but would not give details on the location, date and participants.

"We have taken special police measures to protect the personalities," he said, adding however that the army has not been mobilised, unlike during the World Economic Forum, which gathers elites in nearby Davos annually.  

While few official details have emerged about the Bilderberg meetings, which have been ongoing since 1954, they have been catalogued by opponents of the group.

The president of the Young Swiss Socialists, David Roth, said that 100 participants will be meeting from Thursday over four days at the five-star Suvretta hotel.

"There is a problem as the politicians and economic representatives are meeting behind closed doors," said Roth, who is planning a protest against the event on Saturday at St Moritz.

The group is "making important decisions behind closed doors. The participants are not meeting to have coffee," but to influence world governance, he claims.

The Bilderberg meetings, including last year's event in Spain and 2009's in Athens, are usually secured by a tight police presence.

On what has been claimed as the official website – which is impossible to verify as it gives no contact information – the group is described as "a small, flexible, informal and off-the-record international forum in which different viewpoints can be expressed and mutual understanding enhanced."

"At the meetings, no resolutions are proposed, no votes taken, and no policy statements issued," it added.  

But investigative journalist David Estulin contests these claims. In his book "The Real Story of Bilderberg" he noted that the group has become "a kind of shadow world government, which decides during these annual meetings how it will implement its plans."

The group only publishes a list of participants afer a meeting is over.

Last year, they included Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, Airbus chief executive Tom Enders, Greek Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou and US Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg.

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European Union commissioner on new technologies Neelie Kroes, was also present and will be back again this year, along with competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia, Brussels has confirmed.

Swiss Energy Minister Doris Leuthard will also be there, the government said Tuesday in response to a parliamentary question from Dominique Baettig, an MP from the far-right SVP.

"This meeting is in complete contradiction with the Swiss model of transparency. These leaders meet without us knowing what they are doing," Baettig said.

While he does not believe in any conspiracy theories surrounding the Bilderberg Group, he said he has been "made to understand that there is some sort of self-censorship on the subject."

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2011-06-17 21:10:36 by libertyleak.com
2011-06-11 23:00:40 by joshbot
I listened to the Swiss politician Lukas Reimann today on infowars.com and was VERY IMPRESSED. At 28 years old he's got guts and has determination to confront this secret group of war criminals. Freedom is alive in Switzerland because people there have a spine. The Swiss people rejected the EU, the Euro, and understand both physical and financial sovereignty. Because of those things they are the envy of the world. http://www.infowars.com/swiss-politician-lukas-reimann-talks-about-attack-on-mario-borghezio/
2011-06-11 23:00:01 by joshbot
Why did Swiss politicians meet with the following people in secret?_________ -Almunia, Joaquín, Vice President, European Commission------------------------------Daele, Frans van, Chief of Staff to the President of the European Council--------Kroes, Neelie, VP, European Commission; Commissioner for Digital Agenda---Lamy, Pascal, Director General, World Trade Organization-----------------------------Rompuy, Herman van, President, European Council---------------------------------------Sheeran, Josette, Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme--Javier Solana Madariaga, President Center for Global Economy & Geopolitics -Trichet, Jean-Claude, President, European Central Bank--------------------------------Zoellick, Robert B., President, The World Bank Group-------------------------------------These are organizations your country famously rejects and for good reason. Hold your politicians accountable and demand answers. If you don't they'll be bribed and you'll end up like all the other countries in debt to the banks. Good luck Switzerland.
2011-06-11 21:54:23 by joshbot
____________________SWISS ATTENDEES:__________________________ -Brabeck-Letmathe, Peter, Chairman, Nestlé S.A.-------------------------------------------Groth, Hans, Senior Director, Healthcare Policy & Market Access, Oncology Business Unit, Pfizer Europe-------------------------------------------------------------------------Janom Steiner, Barbara, Head of Dept of Justice, Security & Health, Canton---Kudelski, André, Chairman and CEO, Kudelski Group SA-----------------------Leuthard, Doris, Federal Councillor-----------------------------------------------------------------Schmid, Martin, President, Government of the Canton Grisons-----------------------Schweiger, Rolf, Ständerat---------------------------------------------------------------------------Soiron, Rolf, Chairman of the Board, Holcim Ltd., Lonza Ltd.--------------------------Vasella, Daniel L., Chairman, Novartis AG-----------------------------------------------------Witmer, Jürg, Chairman, Givaudan SA and Clariant AG----------------------------------SOURCE: http://www.infowars.com/bilderberg-2011-full-official-attendee-list/
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