Here Come The Bilderbergs: The Complete 2014 Cast And Host Nation Breakdown
The only thing more ominous for the world than a Fed raising interest rates is a Bilderberg Group meeting. The concentration of politicians and business leaders has meant the organisation, founded at the Bilderberg Hotel near Arnhem in 1954, has faced accusations of secrecy. Meetings take place behind closed doors, with a ban on journalists. As InfoWars notes, the 2014 Bilderberg meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark is taking place amidst a climate of panic for many of the 120 globalists set to attend the secretive confab, with Russia’s intransigence on the crisis in Ukraine and the anti-EU revolution sweeping Europe posing a serious threat to the unipolar world order Bilderberg spent over 60 years helping to build.
Current list of Participants (source):
- FRA Castries, Henri de Chairman and CEO, AXA Group
- DEU Achleitner, Paul M. Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Deutsche Bank AG
- DEU Ackermann, Josef Former CEO, Deutsche Bank AG
- GBR Agius, Marcus Non-Executive Chairman, PA Consulting Group
- FIN Alahuhta, Matti Member of the Board, KONE; Chairman, Aalto University Foundation
- GBR Alexander, Helen Chairman, UBM plc
- USA Alexander, Keith B. Former Comdr, U.S. Cyber Command; Former Director, NSA
- USA Altman, Roger C. Executive Chairman, Evercore
- FIN Apunen, Matti Director, Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA
- DEU Asmussen, Jörg State Secretary of Labour and Social Affairs
- HUN Bajnai, Gordon Former Prime Minister; Party Leader, Together 2014
- GBR Balls, Edward M. Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
- PRT Balsemão, Francisco Pinto Chairman, Impresa SGPS
- FRA Baroin, François Member of Parliament (UMP); Mayor of Troyes
- FRA Baverez, Nicolas Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
- USA Berggruen, Nicolas Chairman, Berggruen Institute on Governance
- ITA Bernabè, Franco Chairman, FB Group SRL
- DNK Besenbacher, Flemming Chairman, The Carlsberg Group
- NLD Beurden, Ben van CEO, Royal Dutch Shell plc
- SWE Bildt, Carl Minister for Foreign Affairs
- NOR Brandtzæg, Svein Richard President and CEO, Norsk Hydro ASA
- INT Breedlove, Philip M. Supreme Allied Commander Europe
- AUT Bronner, Oscar Publisher, Der STANDARD Verlagsgesellschaft m.b.H.
- SWE Buskhe, Håkan President and CEO, Saab AB
- TUR Çandar, Cengiz Senior Columnist, Al Monitor and Radikal
- ESP Cebrián, Juan Luis Executive Chairman, Grupo PRISA
- FRA Chalendar, Pierre-André de Chairman and CEO, Saint-Gobain
- CAN Clark, W. Edmund Group President and CEO, TD Bank Group
- INT Coeuré, Benoît Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank
- IRL Coveney, Simon Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine
- GBR Cowper-Coles, Sherard Senior Adviser to the Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings plc
- BEL Davignon, Etienne Minister of State
- USA Donilon, Thomas E. Senior Partner, O’Melveny and Myers; Former U.S. NSA
- DEU Döpfner, Mathias CEO, Axel Springer SE
- GBR Dudley, Robert Group Chief Executive, BP plc
- FIN Ehrnrooth, Henrik Chairman, Caverion Corporation, Otava and Pöyry PLC
- ITA Elkann, John Chairman, Fiat S.p.A.
- DEU Enders, Thomas CEO, Airbus Group
- DNK Federspiel, Ulrik Executive Vice President, Haldor Topsøe A/S
- USA Feldstein, Martin S. Professor of Economics, Harvard University; President Emeritus, NBER
- CAN Ferguson, Brian President and CEO, Cenovus Energy Inc.
- GBR Flint, Douglas J. Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings plc
- ESP García-Margallo, José Manuel Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
- USA Gfoeller, Michael Independent Consultant
- TUR Göle, Nilüfer Professor of Sociology, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales
- USA Greenberg, Evan G. Chairman and CEO, ACE Group
- GBR Greening, Justine Secretary of State for International Development
- NLD Halberstadt, Victor Professor of Economics, Leiden University
- USA Hockfield, Susan President Emerita, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- NOR Høegh, Leif O. Chairman, Höegh Autoliners AS
- NOR Høegh, Westye Senior Advisor, Höegh Autoliners AS
- USA Hoffman, Reid Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, LinkedIn
- CHN Huang, Yiping Professor of Economics, National School of Development, Peking University
- USA Jackson, Shirley Ann President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- USA Jacobs, Kenneth M. Chairman and CEO, Lazard
- USA Johnson, James A. Chairman, Johnson Capital Partners
- USA Karp, Alex CEO, Palantir Technologies
- USA Katz, Bruce J. Vice President and Co-Director, The Brookings Institution
- CAN Kenney, Jason T. Minister of Employment and Social Development
- GBR Kerr, John Deputy Chairman, Scottish Power
- USA Kissinger, Henry A. Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
- USA Kleinfeld, Klaus Chairman and CEO, Alcoa
- TUR Koç, Mustafa Chairman, Koç Holding A.S.
- DNK Kragh, Steffen President and CEO, Egmont
- USA Kravis, Henry R. Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
- USA Kravis, Marie-Josée Senior Fellow and Vice Chair, Hudson Institute
- CHE Kudelski, André Chairman and CEO, Kudelski Group
- INT Lagarde, Christine Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
- BEL Leysen, Thomas Chairman of the Board of Directors, KBC Group
- USA Li, Cheng Director, John L.Thornton China Center,The Brookings Institution
- SWE Lifvendahl, Tove Political Editor in Chief, Svenska Dagbladet
- CHN Liu, He Minister, Office of the Central Leading Group on Financial and Economic Affairs
- PRT Macedo, Paulo Minister of Health
- FRA Macron, Emmanuel Deputy Secretary General of the Presidency
- ITA Maggioni, Monica Editor-in-Chief, Rainews24, RAI TV
- GBR Mandelson, Peter Chairman, Global Counsel LLP
- USA McAfee, Andrew Principal Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- PRT Medeiros, Inês de Member of Parliament, Socialist Party
- GBR Micklethwait, John Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
- GRC Mitsotaki, Alexandra Chair, ActionAid Hellas
- ITA Monti, Mario Senator-for-life; President, Bocconi University
- USA Mundie, Craig J. Senior Advisor to the CEO, Microsoft Corporation
- CAN Munroe-Blum, Heather Professor of Medicine,, McGill University
- USA Murray, Charles A. W.H. Brady Scholar, American Enterprise for Public Policy Research
- NLD Netherlands, H.R.H. Princess Beatrix of the
- ESP Nin Génova, Juan María Deputy Chairman and CEO, CaixaBank
- FRA Nougayrède, Natalie Director and Executive Editor, Le Monde
- DNK Olesen, Søren-Peter Professor; Member of the Board of Directors, The Carlsberg Foundation
- FIN Ollila, Jorma Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell, plc; Chairman, Outokumpu Plc
- TUR Oran, Umut Deputy Chairman, Republican People’s Party (CHP)
- GBR Osborne, George Chancellor of the Exchequer
- FRA Pellerin, Fleur State Secretary for Foreign Trade
- USA Perle, Richard N. Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
- USA Petraeus, David H. Chairman, KKR Global Institute
- CAN Poloz, Stephen S. Governor, Bank of Canada
- INT Rasmussen, Anders Fogh Secretary General, NATO
- DNK Rasmussen, Jørgen Huno Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The Lundbeck Foundation
- INT Reding, Viviane Vice President and Commissioner for Justice,European Commission
- USA Reed, Kasim Mayor of Atlanta
- CAN Reisman, Heather M. Chair and CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.
- NOR Reiten, Eivind Chairman, Klaveness Marine Holding AS
- DEU Röttgen, Norbert Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, German Bundestag
- USA Rubin, Robert E. Co-Chair, Council For’n Rel’ns; Former Secretary of the Treasury
- USA Rumer, Eugene Senior Associate and Director, Russia Carnegie Endowment for Intnl Peace
- NOR Rynning-Tønnesen, Christian President and CEO, Statkraft AS
- NLD Samsom, Diederik M. Parliamentary Leader PvdA (Labour Party)
- GBR Sawers, John Chief, Secret Intelligence Service
- NLD Scheffer, Paul J. Author; Professor of European Studies, Tilburg University
- NLD Schippers, Edith Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport
- USA Schmidt, Eric E. Executive Chairman, Google Inc.
- AUT Scholten, Rudolf CEO, Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG
- USA Shih, Clara CEO and Founder, Hearsay Social
- FIN Siilasmaa, Risto K. Chairman of the Board of Directors and Interim CEO, Nokia Corporation
- ESP Spain, H.M. the Queen of
- USA Spence, A. Michael Professor of Economics, New York University
- FIN Stadigh, Kari President and CEO, Sampo plc
- USA Summers, Lawrence H. Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard University
- IRL Sutherland, Peter D. Chairman, Goldman Sachs International;
- SWE Svanberg, Carl-Henric Chairman, Volvo AB and BP plc
- TUR Taftal?, A. Ümit Member of the Board, Suna and Inan Kiraç Foundation
- USA Thiel, Peter A. President, Thiel Capital
- DNK Topsøe, Henrik Chairman, Haldor Topsøe A/S
- GRC Tsoukalis, Loukas President, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy
- NOR Ulltveit-Moe, Jens Founder and CEO, Umoe AS
- INT Üzümcü, Ahmet Director-General, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
- CHE Vasella, Daniel L. Honorary Chairman, Novartis International
- FIN Wahlroos, Björn Chairman, Sampo plc
- SWE Wallenberg, Jacob Chairman, Investor AB
- SWE Wallenberg, Marcus Chairman of the Board of Directors, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB
- USA Warsh, Kevin M. Distinguished Visiting Fellow and Lecturer, Stanford University
- GBR Wolf, Martin H. Chief Economics Commentator, The Financial Times
- USA Wolfensohn, James D. Chairman and CEO, Wolfensohn and Company
- NLD Zalm, Gerrit Chairman of the Managing Board, ABN-AMRO Bank N.V.
- GRC Zanias, George Chairman of the Board, National Bank of Greece
- USA Zoellick, Robert B. Chairman, The Goldman Sachs Group
And, broken down by country of origin:
Oddly, not many Russians in there…
The Truth About Macron
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Online sentiment suggests Le Pen, Fillon may be advancing
Polls make independent centrist Macron clear front-runner
The French election campaign may have a few more surprises up its sleeve.
While independent centrist Emmanuel Macron has been favorite to become the country’s next president since his Republican rival Francois Fillon was sideswiped by a financial scandal in January, two firms analyzing online chatter are suggesting his position may not be as secure as pollsters indicate.
Canadian firm Filteris says that Fillon might yet deliver a shock by eclipsing Macron in the race to join the nationalist Marine Le Pen in the presidential runoff on May 7, even though the Bloomberg Composite of French election polls shows Macron with a six-point lead. Filteris, based outside Quebec City, tracks online comments and hashtags to gauge support for candidates instead of interviewing potential voters like traditional pollsters.
“Through data, then with qualitative filters, we look at the buzz, the talk around a candidate, measuring the balance between positive and negative buzz,” said Jerome Coutard, the founder of Filteris which says it counts U.K. drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline Plc and the French defense ministry among its clients. “We use a scientific expertise to provide a political analysis.”
New York-based Predata used a similar technique to anticipate the outcome of last year’s Brexit vote, though it also projected victories for Hillary Clintonin the U.S. election and Matteo Renzi in Italy’s referendum on constitutional reform. Predata says polls may be overstating Macron’s strength and both Fillon and Le Pen are gaining momentum.
Euro Exit Risk
This year’s contest is shaping as the most open since France began directly electing its presidents half a century ago. Fillon already beat the national favorite Alain Juppe to claim the Republicans’ nomination and polls show five candidates set for more than 10 percent in the first round on April 23 with a big chunk of voters still undecided.
Since Le Pen is pledging to lead France out of the euro if she wins, investors are tracking each twist of the campaign, wary of the sort of political surprises that saw Donald Trump win the U.S. election and the U.K. vote to quit the European Union.
Polls suggest another shock is unlikely in France. While Le Pen is neck-and-neck with Macron for the first round of voting, she’s projected to lose the runoff to either of her rivals by about 20 points. Bookmakers give her 24 percent chance of victory. They have Fillon at 16 percent.
Fillon’s closest aides Bruno Retailleau, Jerome Chartier and Valerie Boyer say the polls, and the bookies, are wrong. And they point to Filteris data to prove it.
Filteris is a privately held firm that works primarily on helping companies manage their reputations online. In 2007, it branched out with an app to measure sentiment for political candidates. Filteris says its analysis flagged up both Trump’s presidential win and Fillon’s success in his party’s primaries in November.
Filteris’s scan of social-media and web chatter was showing Fillon’s rating at over 22 percent Thursday, ahead of Macron who has fallen to 21.2 percent from a mid-March high of about 23 percent. Le Pen is still leading with 23.5 percent, according to Filteris data.
The company doesn’t disclose details of its algorithm or the number of comments it’s crunching, but says its tracker is based on “qualitative and quantitative analysis” of web sentiment. It doesn’t use representative samples and other usual polling techniques.
Companies like Filteris and Predata are seeing demand for their analysis because of the perceived shortcomings of traditional polling, said Jeremie Mani, co-head of Netino, which reviews and removes improper web content for clients including Danone SA and Le Figaro newspaper. All the same, it’s difficult to know how much weight to give to these new tools because they are so opaque, he adds.
“This is not polling 2.0, they are like black boxes,” Mani said. “There’s no way to verify what’s in the algorithm.”
All the same, dig a little deeper into the polling numbers, and you’ll find more evidence that Macron may still be vulnerable. His support is the softest among the top three contenders, with just 62 percent saying they are certain to back him in Ifop’s rolling daily poll. Eighty-three percent of Le Pen’s supporters said they are sure of their choice and 72 percent of those backing Fillon.
Filteris saw far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon overtake his Socialist rival Benoit Hamon on March 16. The crossover showed up in polls around March 21.
Predata’s director of research, Aaron Timms, says that its historical data records are too thin to provide any firm predictions for the French elections. He says Predata’s ‘digital momentum’ indexes should be seen as a supplement to polling data.
Predata’s indexes show Le Pen’s momentum at more than 75 percent compared with less than 50 percent two weeks ago. Macron is at about 55 percent compared with over 60 percent at the start of the month, while Fillon is around 50 percent. He was at minus 25 percent in early March after admitting he faced criminal charges for embezzlement.
“Le Pen, Fillon, and Hamon may gain support over the coming week, largely at the expense of Macron,” Timms said. “Polling support for Macron may be overstated.”