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Influential Bilderberg Group spends 60th anniversary in Copenhagen

Fri, 30th May 2014 13:16

Copenhagen (Alliance News) - Some 140 of the world's leaders in finance, politics and business gathered Friday in the Danish capital, Copenhagen, for the first full day of the 60th anniversary of the closed door Bilderberg Group.

Named after a Dutch hotel where it was established in 1954, allegedly to strengthen Europe-US ties, the Bilderberg Group meets at least once a year to discuss global issues.

This year, for the first time, an informal agenda was released. Issues to be discussed range far and wide, including: Ukraine; the global economic recovery; privacy and intelligence sharing; and the outlook for China.

Invitees this year include EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding, Google chief executive Eric Schmidt, former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde, and the queen of Spain, organizers said.

During the sessions - which began late Thursday and are set to run through Sunday - no minutes are taken and no resolutions or statements issued. Organizers said the meetings were "informal discussions about major issues facing the world."

Police have erected cordons at the luxury Marriot hotel where the meeting is taking place. There are concerns about demonstrations Saturday.

Danish parliament speaker Mogens Lykketoft, a former attendee, rejected conspiracy theories that the Bilderberg Group sets the global agenda, but admitted that members of the group are influential.

"For a democratic politician who wants to know what the world is about and how you can influence it, it is very interesting to take part at the meetings," he told Danish public broadcaster DR.

Lykketoft attended Bilderberg meetings in 2003, 2005 and 2007.

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