1 June 2017
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A secretive group of elite power brokers is meeting in the US state of Virginia for closed-door discussions over four days.
The Bilderberg Meetings have 131 participants from 21 countries in Europe and North America, the group said in a press release.
A couple of top advisers to President Donald Trump are to attend the forum, 30 miles (48km) from the White House.
The shadowy group is a lightning rod for conspiracy theorists.
This year’s group includes Mr Trump’s Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, his National Security Adviser HR McMaster and Peter Thiel, the billionaire Paypal creator who has been a vocal supporter of the president.
At the top of the group’s 13-point agenda is “The Trump administration: A progress report”.
The forum – at a Westfields Marriott hotel in Chantilly – is also being attended by Trump critic Eric Schmidt, head of Google’s parent company.
Mr Schmidt has previously said the Trump administration will do “evil things”.
Other Bilderberg topics this year include, “The war on information”, “Why is populism growing?”, and “Can globalisation be slowed down?”
“There is no desired outcome, no minutes are taken and no report is written,” the group’s rules state.
“Furthermore, no resolutions are proposed, no votes are taken, and no policy statements are issued.”
Other guests include Dutch King Willem-Alexander; David Rubenstein, head of private equity juggernaut the Carlyle Group; and former CIA director John Brennan.
Several journalists are joining this year’s forum, including London Evening Standard editor George Osborne.
A full list of participants is here.
Some critics have accused the group – which has met every year since 1954 – of plotting to impose a one-world government.
Secretive group of global power brokers the Bilderberg Group set to gather in Virginia to mull Trump era including elder statesman Henry Kissinger and NATO secretary
- The Bilderberg meeting in Chantilly, Virginia, will attract 131 elites on Thursday
- Guests will include politicians, bankers, business titans and European royalty
- They will discuss transatlantic relations and the future of the European Union
- Will also give ‘a progress report’ on Trump administration at four-day meeting
PUBLISHED: 02:43 BST, 1 June 2017 | UPDATED: 21:27 BST, 1 June 2017
A secretive group of global power brokers including elder statesman Henry Kissinger and NATO secretary Jens Stoltenberg will gather to debate Donald Trump‘s presidency.
The Bilderberg Group meeting in Chantilly, Virginia, will attract 131 elites on Thursday – from politicians and bankers to business titans and European royalty.
They will discuss transatlantic relations, the future of the European Union and ‘a progress report’ on the Trump administration behind closed doors at the four-day meeting.
A secretive group of global power brokers including elder statesman Henry Kissinger (right) and NATO secretary Jens Stoltenberg (left) will gather to debate Donald Trump’s presidency
They will discuss transatlantic relations, the future of the European Union and ‘a progress report’ on the Trump administration behind closed doors at the four-day meeting. Pictured, Stoltenberg with Trump in May
This year’s confab can be seen as a chance for Trump supporters like Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and billionaire tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel to face his critics like Eric Schmidt.
Schmidt, the executive director of Google’s parent company, warned in January that Trump’s administration will do ‘evil things.’
The group has met every year since 1954 and was created as a forum for fostering dialogue between Europe and North America.
The meeting, which will also be attended by to civil rights activist Vernon Jordan. will gather less than 30 miles from the White House.
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Several journalists are participating in this year’s forum, including London Evening Standard editor George Osborne and Cansu Camlibel, the Washington bureau chief for Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper.
But per tradition, news outlets are not invited to cover the event.
‘There is no desired outcome, no minutes are taken and no report is written,’ the group stated.
‘Furthermore, no resolutions are proposed, no votes are taken, and no policy statements are issued.’
Trump supporters will face the president’s critic Eric Schmidt (pictured), executive director of Google’s parent company, who warned in January that Trump’s administration will do ‘evil things’
Bilderberg group meetings have previously sparked protests and anti-globalisation demonstrators have reportedly descended on this year’s event in Virginia
The meeting is expected to address Russia, China, nuclear proliferation, globalization, and ‘the war on information.’
Guests scheduled to attend the meeting include Dutch King Willem-Alexander, who works part-time as a commercial pilot; David Rubenstein, co-founder of influential global investment firm The Carlyle Group; and John Brennan, CIA chief under Barack Obama.
Ex-deputy secretary of state William Burns and former deputy assistant secretary of defense Elaine Bunn, both Obama-era officials, will also attend.
Burns, the current president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, has warned that Trump ‘risks hollowing out the ideas, initiative and institutions on which US leadership and international order rest.’
Anti-globalization protesters reportedly have descended on the location of the meeting.
The secretive nature of the group has given birth to conspiracy theories. Some have warned, for example, that Bilderberg is a group of rich and powerful kingmakers seeking to impose a one world government.
|Achleitner||Paul M. (DEU)||Chairman of the Supervisory Board||Deutsche Bank AG|
|Adonis||Andrew (GBR)||Chair||National Infrastructure Commission|
|Agius||Marcus (GBR)||Chairman||PA Consulting Group|
|Akyol||Mustafa (TUR)||Senior Visiting Fellow||Freedom Project at Wellesley College|
|Alstadheim||Kjetil B. (NOR)||Political Editor||Dagens Næringsliv|
|Altman||Roger C. (USA)||Founder and Senior Chairman||Evercore|
|Arnaut||José Luis (PRT)||Managing Partner||CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut|
|Barroso||José M. Durão (PRT)||Chairman||Goldman Sachs International|
|Bäte||Oliver (DEU)||CEO||Allianz SE|
|Baumann||Werner (DEU)||Chairman||Bayer AG|
|Baverez||Nicolas (FRA)||Partner||Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher|
|Benko||René (AUT)||Founder and Chairman of the Advisory Board||SIGNA Holding GmbH|
|Berner||Anne-Catherine (FIN)||Minister of Transport and Communications|
|Botín||Ana P. (ESP)||Executive Chairman||Banco Santander|
|Brandtzæg||Svein Richard (NOR)||President and CEO||Norsk Hydro ASA|
|Brennan||John O. (USA)||Senior Advisor||Kissinger Associates Inc.|
|Bsirske||Frank (DEU)||Chairman||United Services Union|
|Bunn||M. Elaine (USA)||Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense|
|Burns||William J. (USA)||President||Carnegie Endowment for International Peace|
|Çakiroglu||Levent (TUR)||CEO||Koç Holding A.S.|
|Çamlibel||Cansu (TUR)||Washington DC Bureau Chief||Hürriyet Newspaper|
|Cebrián||Juan Luis (ESP)||Executive Chairman||PRISA and El País|
|Cohen||David S. (USA)||Former Deputy Director||CIA|
|Cui||Tiankai (CHN)||Ambassador to the US|
|Döpfner||Mathias (DEU)||CEO||Axel Springer SE|
|Elkann||John (ITA)||Chairman||Fiat Chrysler Automobiles|
|Enders||Thomas (DEU)||CEO||Airbus SE|
|Federspiel||Ulrik (DNK)||Group Executive||Haldor Topsøe Holding A/S|
|Ferguson||Jr.||Roger W. (USA)||President and CEO, TIAA|
|Ferguson||Niall (USA)||Senior Fellow||Hoover Institution, Stanford University|
|Gianotti||Fabiola (ITA)||Director General||CERN|
|Gozi||Sandro (ITA)||State Secretary for European Affairs|
|Greenberg||Evan G. (USA)||Chairman and CEO||Chubb Group|
|Griffin||Kenneth (USA)||Founder and CEO||Citadel Investment Group, LLC|
|Gruber||Lilli (ITA)||Editor-in-Chief and Anchor “Otto e mezzo”||La7 TV|
|Guindos||Luis de (ESP)||Minister of Economy||Industry and Competiveness|
|Haines||Avril D. (USA)||Former Deputy National Security Advisor|
|Halberstadt||Victor (NLD)||Professor of Economics||Leiden University|
|Hamers||Ralph (NLD)||Chairman||ING Group|
|Hedegaard||Connie (DNK)||Chair||KR Foundation|
|Hennis-Plasschaert||Jeanine (NLD)||Minister of Defence||The Netherlands|
|Hobson||Mellody (USA)||President||Ariel Investments LLC|
|Hoffman||Reid (USA)||Co-Founder||LinkedIn and Partner, Greylock|
|Houghton||Nicholas (GBR)||Former Chief of Defence|
|Ischinger||Wolfgang (INT)||Chairman||Munich Security Conference|
|Jacobs||Kenneth M. (USA)||Chairman and CEO||Lazard|
|Johnson||James A. (USA)||Chairman||Johnson Capital Partners|
|Jordan||Jr.||Vernon E. (USA)||Senior Managing Director, Lazard Freres & Co, LLC|
|Karp||Alex (USA)||CEO||Palantir Technologies|
|Kengeter||Carsten (DEU)||CEO||Deutsche Börse AG|
|Kissinger||Henry A. (USA)||Chairman||Kissinger Associates Inc.|
|Klatten||Susanne (DEU)||Managing Director||SKion GmbH|
|Kleinfeld||Klaus (USA)||Former Chairman and CEO||Arconic|
|Knot||Klaas H.W. (NLD)||President||De Nederlandsche Bank|
|Koç||Ömer M. (TUR)||Chairman||Koç Holding A.S.|
|Kotkin||Stephen (USA)||Professor in History and International Affairs||Princeton University|
|Kravis||Henry R. (USA)||Co-Chairman and Co-CEO||KKR|
|Kravis||Marie-Josée (USA)||Senior Fellow||Hudson Institute|
|Kudelski||André (CHE)||Chairman and CEO||Kudelski Group|
|Lagarde||Christine (INT)||Managing Director||International Monetary Fund|
|Lenglet||François (FRA)||Chief Economics Commentator||France 2|
|Leysen||Thomas (BEL)||Chairman||KBC Group|
|Liddell||Christopher (USA)||Assistant to the President and Director of Strategic Initiatives|
|Lööf||Annie (SWE)||Party Leader||Centre Party|
|Mathews||Jessica T. (USA)||Distinguished Fellow||Carnegie Endowment for International Peace|
|McAuliffe||Terence (USA)||Governor of Virginia|
|McKay||David I. (CAN)||President and CEO||Royal Bank of Canada|
|McMaster||H.R. (USA)||National Security Advisor|
|Mexia||António Luís Guerra Nunes (PRT)||President||Eurelectric and CEO, EDP Energias de Portugal|
|Micklethwait||John (INT)||Editor-in-Chief||Bloomberg LP|
|Minton Beddoes||Zanny (INT)||Editor-in-Chief||The Economist|
|Molinari||Maurizio (ITA)||Editor-in-Chief||La Stampa|
|Monaco||Lisa (USA)||Former Homeland Security Officer|
|Morneau||Bill (CAN)||Minister of Finance|
|Mundie||Craig J. (USA)||President||Mundie & Associates|
|Murtagh||Gene M. (IRL)||CEO||Kingspan Group plc|
|Netherlands||H.M. the King of the (NLD)|
|Noonan||Peggy (USA)||Author and Columnist||The Wall Street Journal|
|O’Leary||Michael (IRL)||CEO||Ryanair D.A.C.|
|Osborne||George (GBR)||Editor||London Evening Standard|
|Papahelas||Alexis (GRC)||Executive Editor||Kathimerini Newspaper|
|Papalexopoulos||Dimitri (GRC)||CEO||Titan Cement Co.|
|Petraeus||David H. (USA)||Chairman||KKR Global Institute|
|Pind||Søren (DNK)||Minister for Higher Education and Science|
|Puga||Benoît (FRA)||Grand Chancellor of the Legion of Honor and Chancellor of the National Order of Merit|
|Rachman||Gideon (GBR)||Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator||The Financial Times|
|Reisman||Heather M. (CAN)||Chair and CEO||Indigo Books & Music Inc.|
|Rivera Díaz||Albert (ESP)||President||Ciudadanos Party|
|Rosén||Johanna (SWE)||Professor in Materials Physics||Linköping University|
|Ross||Wilbur L. (USA)||Secretary of Commerce|
|Rubenstein||David M. (USA)||Co-Founder and Co-CEO||The Carlyle Group|
|Rubin||Robert E. (USA)||Co-Chair||Council on Foreign Relations and Former Treasury Secretary|
|Ruoff||Susanne (CHE)||CEO||Swiss Post|
|Rutten||Gwendolyn (BEL)||Chair||Open VLD|
|Sabia||Michael (CAN)||CEO||Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec|
|Sawers||John (GBR)||Chairman and Partner||Macro Advisory Partners|
|Schadlow||Nadia (USA)||Deputy Assistant to the President||National Security Council|
|Schmidt||Eric E. (USA)||Executive Chairman||Alphabet Inc.|
|Schneider-Ammann||Johann N. (CHE)||Federal Councillor||Swiss Confederation|
|Scholten||Rudolf (AUT)||President||Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue|
|Severgnini||Beppe (ITA)||Editor-in-Chief||7-Corriere della Sera|
|Sikorski||Radoslaw (POL)||Senior Fellow||Harvard University|
|Slat||Boyan (NLD)||CEO and Founder||The Ocean Cleanup|
|Spahn||Jens (DEU)||Parliamentary State Secretary and Federal Ministry of Finance|
|Stephenson||Randall L. (USA)||Chairman and CEO||AT&T|
|Stern||Andrew (USA)||President Emeritus||SEIU and Senior Fellow, Economic Security Project|
|Stoltenberg||Jens (INT)||Secretary General||NATO|
|Summers||Lawrence H. (USA)||Charles W. Eliot University Professor||Harvard University|
|Tertrais||Bruno (FRA)||Deputy Director||Fondation pour la recherche stratégique|
|Thiel||Peter (USA)||President||Thiel Capital|
|Topsøe||Jakob Haldor (DNK)||Chairman||Haldor Topsøe Holding A/S|
|Ülgen||Sinan (TUR)||Founding and Partner||Istanbul Economics|
|Vance||J.D. (USA)||Author and Partner||Mithril|
|Wahlroos||Björn (FIN)||Chairman||Sampo Group, Nordea B UPM-Kymmene Corporation|
|Wallenberg||Marcus (SWE)||Chairman||Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB|
|Walter||Amy (USA)||Editor||The Cook Political Report|
|Weston||Galen G. (CAN)||CEO and Executive Chairman||Loblaw Companies Ltd and George Weston Companies|
|White||Sharon (GBR)||Chief Executive||Ofcom|
|Wieseltier||Leon (USA)||Isaiah Berlin Senior Fellow in Culture and Policy||The Brookings Institution|
|Wolf||Martin H. (INT)||Chief Economics Commentator||Financial Times|
|Wolfensohn||James D. (USA)||Chairman and CEO||Wolfensohn & Company|
|Wunsch||Pierre (BEL)||Vice-Governor||National Bank of Belgium|
|Zeiler||Gerhard (AUT)||President||Turner International|
|Zients||Jeffrey D. (USA)||Former Director||National Economic Council|
|Zoellick||Robert B. (USA)||Non-Executive Chairman||AllianceBernstein L.P.|