(BBG) Bilderberg Puts Ruling World on Hold to Fix Greece: Opening Line
By Daniel Tilles and Celeste Perri
It looks like conspiring to take over the world is going to have to wait another year.
Which is a bit of a bother, if you’ve been on edge in anticipation of those Bilderberg people launching their black helicopters in a surprise global M&A attack. (Bloomberg would surely break this story first.)
Who’d be shocked to see George Osborne piloting an AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopter, swooping down out of the midnight sky with the towers of Canary Wharf in his sights. Or maybe it’s Ed Balls — after all, he does have more time on his hands these days for training.
But Bilderberg — which holds its 63rd annual conference starting today, this year in Telfs-Buchen, Austria — is a well- prepared group. This year, it will have about 140 participants from 22 countries to draw upon for their nefarious plotting. We’re talking about the likes of Ana Botin, Henry Kissinger, Henri de Castries, Zoe Baird, Benoit Coeure, Rona Fairhead, Mark Rutte and Ken Griffin in attendance.
The meeting — designed to foster dialogue between Europe and North America — “is a forum for informal discussions about megatrends and major issues facing the world. Thanks to the private nature of the conference, the participants are not bound by the conventions of their office or by pre-agreed positions. As such, they can take time to listen, reflect and gather insights.”
And it’s the very secretive nature of Bilderberg — it’s no Davos as far as media love-ins go — that has given rise to the conspiracy theories. Over the years, some on the left have accused “the Bilderberg group of conspiring to impose capitalist domination, while some on the right have accused the group of conspiring to impose a world government and planned economy,” as it says on the Wikipedia page for the group.
But this year, there won’t be any cabals. No subterranean war-room drills, advanced Excel spreadsheet seminars, guerrilla PR classes, or computer-hacking races (All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy). Because among the “key topics” on the agenda at Bilderberg this year is Greece.
That Greece, the one that never goes away. The one that got downgraded — again — by S&P yesterday. You see what we mean.
Had Bilderberg limited itself to the other items on its schedule: artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, chemical weapons threats, current economic issues, European strategy,
globalization, Iran, the Middle East, NATO, Russia, terrorism, the U.K., the U.S., the U.S. Elections — maybe even swapping Cyprus for Greece — there no doubt would have been time for hatching evil plans. No sweat, even.
But not a chance if Tsipras is on the table for discussion. No time for conspiracies this year.