Bilderberg 2016, the real president pickers: The rich and powerful meet behind closed doors annually
The world's most intriguing gathering, the Bilderberg Group, is being held in Dresden this week, with the West's rich and powerful among other things set to meditate on the migrant crisis, the next US president and UK's referendum on leaving the EU.
Some 126 high-powered figures from 20 countries have made it to the guest list, which the Group made public, along with the agenda
of this year's event. Combined, the two documents give a rather
detailed scope on what exactly the attendees of the 64th Bilderberg
conference will be mulling over during the upcoming four days.
Two prime ministers, four finance ministers, the former
US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, IMF head Christine Lagarde,
European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans and the former
president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, are all on
the guest list, along with dozens of politicians, entrepreneurs and even
former heads of the CIA and MI6.
One of the conference habitués, British Chancellor George Osborne, will
pass on this year's event. Instead, the meeting will have to make do
with Irishman Michael O'Leary, the billionaire "bully" boss of the
Ryanair airline, as well as 9 high-ups from the UK.
The gathering will be chaired by a French count, Henri de Castries, who is also the CEO of the global insurance and investment giant AXA.
Routinely, this year's agenda can hardly be called detailed, yet the
main points of focus are outlined as European unity, migration, US
political landscape, China, the Middle East, Russia and the "precariat and middle class."
The European migrant crisis, which has been gradually worsening during
the past year, is up for discussion, and might become a number one
priority for attendees, as with hundreds of thousands of newcomers
Europe has gained yet another problem - the voters' defection to
The agenda item "European unity" indicates that the upcoming UK vote on
leaving the EU is to be among the hot topics of the conference, with
such possibility threatening the future of the European Union, which as some believe was actually invented by the Bilderberg Group.
During last year's conference, Bilderberg was rather supportive
of Hillary Clinton in her presidential claim, which leads to the
conclusion that Donald Trump's success in the GOP primaries will come
under the Bilderberg spotlight. Moreover, anti-Trump Senator
Lindsey Graham's name on the guest list hints that the Group is to brood
over how to prevent Trump from defeating Clinton.
Comment: Killary has a lot of history with these people and she's been the elitists' pick from the beginning, but undoubtedly Trump will toe the line real quick if he does win -- or else...
The Bilderberg Group's first meeting was held in 1954. It's become an annual event ever since, with some 120-150 politicians, bankers, media heads, business moguls and royalty invited to take part in discussing the most vital global problems. Every meeting is held under the Chatham House Rule that allows participants to use the information they received, but bans them from disclosing the identity and the affiliation of the person the information came from. Also as a break from official international summits and councils, no record is kept of who attendees meet or what exactly is discussed and they're not required to propose any resolutions, vote or issue policy statements, which allows them time and opportunity to discuss and gather insights freely.
Comment: Although it's "not required," we strongly suspect that much of what is discussed here greatly influences policy.
To ensure security, the German military has been drafted in ahead of the conference and a high new fence has been installed around Dresden's Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski, where the conference is to be held.
Besides ensuring safety, army officers will also do the job of keeping the attendees safely away from the press and protesters for the entire four-day conference. Last year's conference in Austria was accompanied by mass protests, with demonstrators accusing the attendees of corruption and elitism.
Waving conspiracy theories that surround the conference due to its behind-closed-doors nature, organizers proclaim the event "never sought any public attention," being merely a "forum for informal discussions about megatrends and major issues facing the world."
Comment: Presidents do not run the U.S. -- these people do!