More than a hundred of & # 39; the world's elite including Henry Kissinger, Mark Carney and the Dutch king meet this week at the private Bilderberg summit.
Bankers, prime ministers, CEOs and defense specialists meet in Montreux, Switzerland, to discuss a wide range of topics, including Russia, cyber threats and the Brexit.
From Thursday to Sunday, 130 leaders from 23 countries meet under strict confidentiality rules and the exact location of their location has not been disclosed.
Notable attendees are former Secretary of State Kissinger, Governor of the Bank of England Carney, former CIA Director David Petraeus and White House adviser, Jared Kushner, son-in-law of Donald Trump.
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney (earlier this month in London) will attend the Bilderberg Group summit in Montreux, Switzerland, which takes place from Thursday to Sunday
Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (pictured in Berlin in 2017) who served under President Richard Nixon will be present – he is listed as president of Kissinger Associates Inc.
Former director of the CIA David Petraeus (shown this month in Bogota) will be present at the exclusive meeting
The luxurious jet set town of Montreux on the shores of Lake Geneva is the location of the Bilderberg summit this year – the exact location of the event was not disclosed
Google chief Jared Cohen, head of the Jigsaw subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., will also be present, as well as Ryanair chief Michael O & # 39; Leary and anti-Brexit Labor nobility Lord Andrew Adonis.
According to the Bilderberg Group, their discussions will be & # 39; informal & # 39; and without a specific agenda, in addition to their published list of broad discussion points.
They do not vote, they do not set policies and they do not release statements, the group claims.
In addition, they conduct conversations according to the rules of the Chatham House – members can use the information received, but neither the identity nor the relationship of a speaker or other participant can be revealed.
News shops are not invited to the event, although journalists are present, including Economist editor Zanny Minton Beddoes and Bloomberg editor John Micklethwait.
What will the Bilderberg Group discuss:
The most important topics for discussion this year are:
1. A stable strategic order
2. What future for Europe?
3. Climate change and sustainability
6. The future of capitalism
8. The ethics of artificial intelligence
9. The arms production of social media
10. The importance of space
11. Cyber threats
The Bilderberg Group claims that their summits take place without an agenda and discussions on topics are informal.
The covert group claims that no policy has been made, that there are no votes and that no statements are made.
The meeting attracts demonstrators and many conspiracy theorists have ideas about how the Bilderberg Group controls the world.
It is not known exactly where the meeting is being held in the city on the shores of Lake Geneva, but the 5-star Fairmont Le Montreux Palace is fully booked.
In recent annual meetings, safety has risen to tens of millions to ensure the safety of dignitaries.
Some have made the wild claim that the group serves as a front for the Illuminati, a secret and sinister order founded in 18th-century Bavaria.
In 2018, the Daily Mail was able to hire an investigative journalist as a waitress in the modest four-star hotel in Turin, northern Italy, for their conference.
Security was tight around the area with military police and tracking dogs controlling explosives, while powerful attendees were drinking champagne and eating canapes.
The & # 39; waitress & # 39; was told not to get in touch with guests and & # 39; look down & # 39 ;.
But she was able to inform the guests, received yellow papers & # 39; score cards & # 39; on which they had to give TripAdvisor-style self-evaluation reviews of conversations.
On each form, delegates should review the discussions on a scale of one to five, including & # 39; importance of the topic & # 39 ;, & # 39; quality of panel member & # 39 ;, & # 39; interaction & # 39 ;, and so on .
Journalist Jon Ronson wrote a book about the Bilderberg group, called Them, and the late Labor member Denis Healey, who co-founded the group, said to him: & Bilderberg is the most useful international group I have ever visited have got. The confidentiality allowed people to speak honestly without fear of repercussions. & # 39;
King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (pictured last year at Buckingham Palace) will attend the summit in Montreux
Anti-Brexit Labor colleague Lord Andrew Adonis (shown last year in London) will be present at the Bilderberg Group
Since its founding in 1954 – at the Bilderberg Hotel in the Netherlands – the conversations have been shrouded in mystery because no minutes are kept of what has been discussed.
Prince Bernhard from the Netherlands, who was the group's co-founder, said it was that & # 39; serious economic slips like the Great Depressions could be avoided if responsible and influential leaders could manage world events behind their necessary public attitudes & # 39;
The idea was for a big chat shop, attended by the big and the good, where the mistakes of the past could be learned and the problems of the future avoided.
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