Bilderberg 2010: Final List of Participants
Monday, 07 June 2010 12:21
June 6, 2010
Sitges, Spain 3-6 June 2010
Vice Chairman, Suez-Tractebel
Chairman of the Management Board and the Group Executive Committee, Deutsche Bank AG
Chairman, Barclays Bank PLC
Chairman and CEO, Telefónica
Commissioner, European Commission
Altman, Roger C.
Chairman, Evercore Partners Inc.
Author and policy analyst (Telecommunications/internet)
Director General, Confederation of Swedish Enterprise
Balsemão, Francisco Pinto
Chairman and CEO, IMPRESA, S.G.P.S.; Former Prime Minister
CEO, Telecom Italia S.p.A.
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Senior Editorial Writer, Helsingin Sanomat
Botín, Ana P.
Executive Chairman, Banesto
Brandtzæg, Svein Richard
CEO, Norsk Hydro ASA
Publisher and Editor, Der Standard
Premier of British Columbia
Carvajal Urquijo, Jaime
Managing Director, Advent International
Castries, Henri de
Chairman of the Management Board and CEO, AXA
Cebrián, Juan Luis
Cisneros, Gustavo A.
Chairman and CEO, Cisneros Group of Companies
Clark, W. Edmund
President and CEO, TD Bank Financial Group
Collins, Timothy C.
Senior Managing Director and CEO, Ripplewood Holdings, LLC
CEO and General Manager, Enel SpA
David, George A.
Chairman, Coca-Cola H.B.C. S.A.
CEO, DONG Energy
Chairman, Fiat S.p.A.
CEO, Airbus SAS
Entrecanales, José M.
Vice President Global Affairs, Haldor Topsøe A/S
Feldstein, Martin S.
George F. Baker Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University
Gates, William H.
Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Chairman, Microsoft Corporation
Gordon, Philip H.
Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs
Graham, Donald E.
Chairman and CEO, The Washington Post Company
Gucht, Karel de
Commissioner, European Commission
Gürel, Z. Damla
Special Adviser to the President on EU Affairs
Professor of Economics, Leiden University; Former Honorary Secretary General of Bilderberg Meetings
Holbrooke, Richard C.
Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan
Hommen, Jan H.M.
Chairman, ING Group
Hormats, Robert D.
Under Secretary for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs
Chairman of the Board of Directors, KBC Group
Johnson, James A.
Vice Chairman, Perseus, LLC
Minister of Finance
Keane, John M.
Senior Partner, SCP Partners
Member, House of Lords; Deputy Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell plc.
Kissinger, Henry A.
Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
Chairman and CEO, Alcoa
Koç, Mustafa V.
Chairman, Koç Holding A.Ş.
Kravis, Henry R.
Founding Partner, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, Inc.
Commissioner, European Commission
Lander, Eric S.
President and Director, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT
Chairman of the Executive Board, AREVA
León Gross, Bernardino
Secretary General, Office of the Prime Minister
Chairman of the Board of Management, Siemens AG
Chairman, Storebrand ASA
Chief Correspondent, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Mathews, Jessica T.
President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Deputy Chair, TD Bank Financial Group
Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
Montbrial, Thierry de
President, French Institute for International Relations
President, Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi
Moyo, Dambisa F.
Economist and Author
Mundie, Craig J.
Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Microsoft Corporation
Former Chairman of the Board of Directors SAS, Norsk Hydro ASA
Editor-in-Chief, Foreign Policy
Netherlands, H.M. the Queen of the
Nin Génova, Juan María
President and CEO, La Caixa
Nyrup Rasmussen, Poul
Former Prime Minister
National Clinical Lead for Quality and Productivity
Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell plc
Orszag, Peter R.
Director, Office of Management and Budget
Chairman, Anadolu Group
Former Minister of Finance; President of Notre Europe
Minister of Finance
Managing Partner, Founders Fund
Pearl, Frank H.
Chairman and CEO, Perseus, LLC
Perle, Richard N.
Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Chairman, Grupo PRISA
Prichard, J. Robert S.
President and CEO, Metrolinx
Dean, HEC Paris Group
Member, European Parliament
Reisman, Heather M.
Chair and CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.
President and CEO, Alfa Laval
Rinnooy Kan, Alexander H.G.
Chairman, Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER)
Rodriguez Inciarte, Matías
Executive Vice Chairman, Grupo Santander
Producer, Rose Communications
Rubin, Robert E.
Co-Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Secretary of the Treasury
Sabanci Dinçer, Suzan
CEO, Eni S.p.A.
CEO and Chairman of the Board, Google
Member of the Board of Executive Directors, Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG
Vice Chairman, SPD
Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme
Solana Madariaga, Javier
Former Secretary General, Council of the European Union
Spain, H.M. the Queen of
Steinberg, James B.
Deputy Secretary of State
President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Summers, Lawrence H.
Director, National Economic Council
Sutherland, Peter D.
Chairman, Goldman Sachs International
Taylor, J. Martin
Chairman, Syngenta International AG
Teixeira dos Santos, Fernando
Minister of State and Finance
Thiel, Peter A.
President, Clarium Capital Management, LLC
Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank
Varney, Christine A.
Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust
Vasella, Daniel L.
Chairman, Novartis AG
Volcker, Paul A.
Chairman, Economic Recovery Advisory Board
CEO, Royal Dutch Shell plc
Chairman, Sampo plc
Waldvogel, Francis A.
Chairman, Novartis Venture Fund
Chairman, Investor AB
President, De Nederlandsche Bank
West, F.J. Bing
Member, House of Lords
Wolfensohn, James D.
Chairman, Wolfensohn & Company, LLC
Zapatero, José Luis Rodríguez
Chairman, Daimler AG
Zoellick, Robert B.
President, The World Bank Group
Bredow, Vendeline von
Business Correspondent, The Economist
Wooldridge, Adrian D.
Business Correspondent, The Economist
Editor comment: This is the official participant list direct from Bilderberg. We have to remember that many participants request that their names not be added, as we covered in 2008 when Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama attended the Bilderberg meeting in Chantilly Virginia under a cloak of secrecy, so there are likely to be more attendees who were not included on the list.
The fact that Bilderberg has gone from attempting to hide the very existence of their meetings to now being forced to issue an official participant list shows how far we have come in bringing their activities to light.
Bilderberg 2010: Between the sword and the wall
The Catalan police are refreshingly friendly. But if the time for action comes, whose side will they be on?
Policing Bilderberg: beneath the uniforms beat human hearts Photograph: Charlie Skelton for the Guardian
The enormous bald detective in beach shorts took the camera from my wife. "Let me see." He scrolled through the photographs, just taken, of me being detained at the campsite gates. He scrolled past, to see a photo of a limousine convoy, whooshing up the hill toBilderberg. "I don’t like this," he said, and waved a huge, disgruntled hand towards the conference hotel.
"Do you know how much this is costing?" asked Hannah. "Do you think the Spanish economy can afford all this?" Grimly, the enormous bald detective started deleting images of his comrades with his giant thumb. "Your opinion," he growled, "is right."
He handed the camera back to Hannah. "But you’ve deleted my best shots!" The detective whistled to his comrades, who were busy sniffing a jar of salted olives they had found in my car boot. He had them turn around, facing away from the camera. "Go head," he rumbled. "Take photographs."
What a difference a year makes. Last year in Vouliagmeni when I tried covering the 2009 Bilderberg meeting, I had Greek policemen yelling "No fotografia!" at me at every turn. I was arrested, tailed, harassed, rearrested, yelled at, bundled into squad cars, lied to, intimidated, wrestled with and hounded round Athens like I was John Dillinger.
This year, the police have been deployed in the same extraordinary numbers, but they are smiling, rolling their eyes at the rigmarole; the riot police are giving the thumbs-up to protesters and honking their horns as they come round the "awareness roundabout" at the foot of the hotel.
"The police have been laughing and chatting," says Daniel Turon, a Spanish psycho-sociologist, here in Sitges to psycho-sociologise Bilderberg. "One of them said he had read a book about Bilderberg; another said, ‘Yes, we understand.’" The Catalan police, he says, "have a different sensibility" from what you may expect. "They are Catalan. Their minds are independent."
Their minds, perhaps, have been focused by recent pay disputes. Two days ago, the police were on strike in Barcelona: they are facing a pay cut next month, as part of Spain‘s "austerity measures" (what the IMF calls "fiscal consolidation") – and disgruntlement abounds.
Yesterday, the Spanish newspaper El Público quoted the Catalan police union’s estimate, that "the mere deployment of the Mossos d’Esquadra entails costs of €150,000 for each of the four days of the Bilderberg meeting". This union has lodged a formal complaint about the misuse of resources in guarding Bilderberg.
El Público shares the union’s concern: "The members of the Bilderberg club have not been elected by the citizens [of this country] in a democratic process, but the costs of the meeting is being met by them."
Ageing Bilderberg sleuth, Jim Tucker, says the Bilderberg group always reimburses the host nation for costs incurred. But if that’s the case, the police are simply an army for hire.
Turon is keen to humanise the officers facing him: "Look at the eyes of the police," he says. "Look at the person who is there. They want to be with us."
"Your position is hyper-naive," laughs his friend, one of the organisers of the Spanish protests, Dídac S.-Costa. "They are puppets. They are nothing. They are a distraction. They are the cashiers at the supermarket; we need to confront the supermarket itself. This is a systemic problem." Dídac is a sociologist.
"We need to use the tools of the system against it. We need a brave judge, a brave lawyer. We need another Garzón" (Baltasar Garzón is the Spanish judge who issued the extradition request for General Pinochet). "We need to use the legal weapons at our disposal; to find a way, as the Spanish say, between the sword and the wall."
Ivan Torres, from Maresme (whom we met yesterday, near his roundabout bed), found himself caught last night between the sword and the wall, up in the hills above the Hotel Dolce Sitges. He was out with Rafa Palacios, the founder of the Stop Secrets Movement, trying to stop some secrets. A spotter on the hotel roof saw them crawling along; minutes later a police helicopter arrived, and officers swarmed the hills to arrest them. The policemen looked at the cameras, looked at the footage, then handed it back undeleted.
Ivan and Rafa were brought before the comisario of the Sitges police. The comisario told them frankly what he thought of them. "We admire you," he said. "We are really sad because we don’t want to have a confrontation here." And, like his giant bald underling from earlier, he gestured to the hotel. "I don’t like these people. All I want is a smooth operation in Sitges. The people up there," said the comisario, "I really don’t like."
Rafa says that on Thursday, as police and activists squared off for the first time and as Rafa took the megaphone, it was this same comisario who stood in front of the cordon. "You have a heart under your badge", cried Rafa, "you have a brain under your hat. You are the ones we will be drinking with after the football, not the ones up the hill!"
Rafa reached out his hands towards the cordon. People who witnessed his speech say this moment defined the subsequent dynamic between the protesters and the police. "You should be protecting us, not them!" Rafa implored. "We are the people. You are the people. You are one of us!"
Rafa says he spoke directly to the comisario when he said: "A time is coming when you may be asked to use violence against us. A time is coming when you will have to choose sides. You will have to decide." And Rafa says he saw tears in the eyes of the comisario.
"I think, my friend, that I touched his heart."
Bilderberg Wants Americans Disarmed And Dependent On Government
Monday, 07 June 2010 12:17
Paul Joseph Watson
Monday, June 7, 2010
As part of Bilderberg’s agenda to “Europeanize” America and turn it into a socialist welfare state wherein its citizens are completely dependent on the government, the elite are celebrating President Obama’s support for a UN small arms treaty, which many fear could be used to impinge on the right to keep and bear arms.
According to Bilderberg sleuth Jim Tucker, elitists were celebrating one of their scant victories at the annual meeting this year, namely the fact that President Obama has promised to support a United Nations small arms treaty that could represent an end run around the second amendment.
By encapsulating the gun grab within a treaty, the Obama administration could claim that no Senate approval is needed to authorize any such move against the right to bear arms – although whether a treaty trumps the Constitution is a very murky area of debate.
Congressman Paul Broun warns that, “With willing one-world accomplices in Washington, D.C., gun-grabbers around the globe believe they have it made.” Broun characterizes the U.N.’s Small Arms Treaty as “nothing more than a massive, GLOBAL gun control scheme.”
The treaty would force national governments to acquiesce to a global gun registry, while strengthening licensing procedures so as to make it almost impossible for a citizen to legally purchase a gun. It would also ban the private sale of semi-automatic weapons and ultimately lead to the confiscation and destruction of all “unauthorized” firearms owned by citizens.
American Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton echoes Broun’s warning, explaining that the treaty appears to be aimed at the international arms trade yet in reality, “the real agenda is domestic firearms control”.
“I think it was clear from the outset that the Obama administration would move in this direction. The only thing that’s surprising is that it’s taken this long,” said Bolton.
If the elite are to implement their stuttering “post-industrial revolution” with crippling austerity measures, consumption taxes, and mass unemployment with any success, then 100 million armed Americans are going to provide somewhat of a stumbling block. Bilderberg’s desire to see the middle class eviscerated and replaced with a servile, destitute and dependent population mandates that private gun ownership in the U.S. be outlawed just as it is in most European countries.
Cynics have claimed that the treaty will only apply to terrorists or those who force children to enlist as soldiers. However, since the federal government has repeatedly made clear that it considers gun owners, libertarians, tea party activists and basically anyone who is politically active as a likely domestic terrorist under the MIAC report and others, Americans would be remiss not to be concerned about the activities of an organization that symbolizes its agenda in the form of a huge anti-gun statue which it proudly displays in the middle of New York City.
Indeed, if the UN’s anti-gun statue was supposed to represent a symbol of peace as the organization claims, why does it depict not a weapon of war but a mere handgun? This is clearly the UN giving the middle finger to the Constitution and the second amendment, and any attempt by the globalists to act on this attitude should be a massive cause for alarm.
Bild reports on the Bilderberg conference:12 million Germans hear about the secret meeting
Saturday, 05 June 2010 14:50
Germany’s biggest newspaper, Bild Zeitung, has reported today on the Bilderberg meeting underway in Sitges.
In a factual online report — eschewing talk of conspiracies but mentioning a possible “world government” agenda — Bild lists some of the German politicians and bankers who have attended Bilderberg meetings.
Bild also gives information about when the meetings started and who initiated them, notes the security and secrecy.
The report also speculates that the group is trying to rescue their euro (scam) over the weekend as polls show 64% of the Germans want a return to the D Mark.
Believed to reach about 12 million people in Germany, Bild Zeitung’s coverage of the Bilderberg meeting breaks new ground.
The exposure will surely make it much harder for Bilderberg Chancellor Angela Merkel and Deutsche Bank CEO Josef Ackermann to collapse the German economy for the profit of the banks and start a war.
In another setback for the Bilderbergs in Germany, Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is meeting tougher than expected opposition to his plans to abolish conscription under the pretext of having to save money.
West Germany was banned from maintaining any armed forces after world war two, but established armed forces based on conscription in 1950 because conscription was believed to ensure that the army remains a defense force committed to the country’s interests. German conscripts are not allowed to serve abroad, for example.
But Guttenberg this week unilaterally announced plans to create a volunteer, professional army, which would also be more able to serve the needs of the international corporate crime syndicate by fighting in Afghanistan and Iran etc.
The head of the CSU faction, Horst Seehofer, has, however, blocked Guttenberg.
The unprecedented and enormous coverage of the Bilderberg conference in Spain by the German media – Spiegel and Bild – will make it much harder for the Globalists to push through their agenda for economic collapse and war in Germany.
This is the Bild report:
Bilderberg-Treffen Geheim-Gipfel zur Eurokrise!
Retten SIE am Wochenende den Euro?
05.06.2010 – 14:35 UHR
Sie treffen sich jedes Jahr. Ihr Thema: Die weltweite Wirtschaftslage, der Finanzmarkt – und die Eurokrise. Alles weitere: top secret!
Der Geheim-Gipfel mit hochrangigen Persönlichkeiten, unter anderem aus Politik und Wirtschaft, heißt offiziell Bilderberg-Treffen. Bilderberg?
Es ist so etwas wie eine geheime Weltregierung, munkelt man. An diesem Wochenende trifft man sich im spanischen Sitges.
Das Gelände rund um das Dolce Hotel ist abgeriegelt. Rund 350 Polizisten halten Demonstranten und neugierige Besucher fern. Ihre Sorge: Militante Globalisierungsgegner wollen gegen das Treffen protestieren.
Nur so viel ist bisher durchgesickert: 130 führende Köpfe aus Wirtschaft, Politik, Medien, Militär und Hochschulen werden über die dringenden Themen der Welt sprechen.
Wer genau dem illustren Kreis beiwohnt… geheim!
Spekuliert wird: Große Bankhäuser (Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank) sind vertreten. Eine Euro-Diskussion liegt daher mehr als nahe.
Was über die Konferenz bekannt werden soll, wird veröffentlicht. Der Rest bleibt geheim.
Die illustre Liste der ehemaligen Bilderberg-Teilnehmer ist lang. Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU), Guido Westerwelle (FDP), Helmut Schmidt und führende Wirtschaftsbosse wie Jürgen Schrempp (Daimler) und Deutsche Bank-Chef Josef Ackermann.
1954 wurde das jährliche Zusammenkommen ins Leben gerufen. Urheber: Prinz Bernhard der Niederlande. Erster Tagungsort: Hotel Bilderberg in Oosterbeek.
Eine feste Organisationsstruktur gibt es nicht, keine Mitgliederliste, keine Gründungsurkunde. Es gibt einen Vorstand und einen Lenkungsausschuss, der die Teilnehmer eines jeden Treffens auswählt.
Übrigens: Der Euro ist am Freitag unter die Marke von 1,21 Dollar gefallen.
Die europäische Gemeinschaftswährung war zwischenzeitlich nur noch 1,2038 Dollar wert und damit so wenig wie seit über vier Jahren nicht mehr.
Jetzt schaltet sich Bilderberg ein. Retten SIE am Wochenende den Euro?
Global government, carbon tax agenda failing, but majority of elitists in favor of air strikes on Iran
Paul Joseph Watson
Saturday, June 5, 2010
The 2010 Bilderberg agenda has been revealed by veteran Bilderberg sleuth Jim Tucker and it paints a picture of crisis for the globalists, who are furious at the increased exposure their gatherings have received in recent years, as well as being dismayed at their failure to rescue both the euro and the failing carbon tax agenda, but more alarmingly according to Tucker, the majority of Bilderberg members are now in favor of military air strikes on Iran.
American Free Press muckraker Tucker has proven routinely accurate with the information he obtains from sources inside Bilderberg, which makes this year’s revelations all the more intriguing.
According to Tucker, Bilderberg luminaries are dismayed at the fact that “many important people” are not attending this year because, due to increasing exposure, invitees are “getting in trouble at home” and constituents are embarrassing them by asking irate questions such as “what are you doing with these monsters?”
“All these people are exposing us, we get all this mail and calls,” Tucker paraphrased Bilderberg members as complaining.
This dovetails with the revelations overheard by Guardian journalist Charlie Skelton at the Hotel Dolce Sitges before the meeting began when he heard conference organizers lamenting the fact that protest numbers are growing at Bilderberg events each year and that they represent a “threat” to Bilderberg’s agenda.
In addition, prominent Bilderberg Zbigniew Brzezinski, the man who warned recently that a “global political awakening” was threatening to derail the move towards global government, was expected to be in attendance at this year’s meeting.
Tucker named his source as an international financial consultant who personally knows Bilderberg members and has done business with them for the past 20 years.
Turning to Iran, Tucker said that many Bilderberg members, including Brzezinski, were in favor of U.S. air strikes on Iran and were “leaning towards war,” although 100 per cent of members were not supportive of an attack.
“Some of them in Europe are saying no we shouldn’t do it but most of them are in favor of American air strikes on Iran,” said Tucker, adding, “They’re tilting heavily towards green lighting a U.S. attack on Iran.”
An attack on Iran would provide a welcome distraction to the globalists’ failings in other areas and would also allow them to war profiteer, pointed out Tucker.
On the subject of the euro, Tucker said that the Bilderberg elitists were determined to save the single currency even as it collapsed to a new 4-year-low at $1.19 against the dollar yesterday afternoon. As we have highlighted, the globalists are panicking at the euro’s fall and the ECB keeps intervening to try and hasten its decline. If the euro were to cease to exist, it would all but derail the ultimate agenda for a global currency because the perceived stability of using one currency for a plethora of nations would be discredited.
“The euro is important because it’s part of their world government program, they’re very downbeat because they’ve fallen so far behind,” said Tucker, explaining that the globalists had planned by now to have the European Union, the American Union and the Asia-Pacific Union already up and running.
With regard to the climate change agenda, on which subject Microsoft founder Bill Gates was personally invited to the conference to discuss, Tucker said that Bilderberg were still intent on pushing it in pursuit of a carbon tax despite the fact that the whole move was massively eviscerated in the aftermath of the Climategate scandal.
Tucker quoted one Bilderberg member as all but admitting defeat on the mission to hoodwink the public into paying taxes in the name of fighting global warming.
“On climate change, we’re about whipped,” said one of the elitists in attendance.
However, Tucker said that the globalists were working on putting out more climate change propaganda “even as we speak”.
On the issue of the BP oil spill, the Bilderbergers made it clear that President Obama’s apparent “outrage” at BP and his threat of criminal procedures against the company was an little more than an act and that British Petroleum, who have been represented at Bilderberg meetings in the past by people like Peter Sutherland, former non-executive chairman of BP, were still “one of our brothers,” according to the elitists.
The future of oil prices are always an important topic to Bilderberg and the leaks Tucker and other investigators relayed from previous Bilderberg meetings were proven accurate when oil prices hit $150 a barrel in 2008, which was precisely what Bilderberg had called for.
“Gas prices are going to be nice and cheap this summer,” said Tucker, adding that they would start to rise again to the $4 a gallon level around November when artificial scarcity is created.
On the march towards anti-democratic global government, Bilderberg members stated that America must be “Europeanized” and turned into a giant socialist welfare state with health rationing and higher income taxes.
Tucker said hat Bilderberg were intent on mandating a bank tax paid directly to the IMF to fund global governance and a global treasury department under the IMF, and that this would then merely be passed on to the consumer.
In summary, Tucker said that this year’s conference was the most downbeat and pessimistic Bilderberg meeting in history, with massive exposure of their agenda acting as a roadblock to the ultimate goal of an authoritarian world government run by the elite, for the elite.
Police in Spain protest tax payer funding for Bilderberg security
Saturday, 05 June 2010 11:24
Catalan police forces have protested the order to guard the venue of the Bilderberg meeting on the grounds that tax payers should not have to foot the security bill for a private meeting, according to Spanish media and the Swiss blog Alles Schall und Rauch.
Bankers and corporate bosses are believed to be meeting their political hirelings at the Bilderberg meeting in Sitges, close to Barcelona, to give them instructions on how to manage economic collapses, engineer wars and false pandemics for the profit of the banks and corporations.
Media executives such as Matthias Nass of Die Zeit and Juan Luis Cebrián Echarri: The CEO and co-founder of El Pais; the CEO of Grupo Prisa, are also attending the meeting in Sitges – highly likely to discuss how to spin events in such a way that the general public does not understand what is going on.
ASR also reports that some of the police forces guarding the venue have switched sides and that one police man quit his post, refusing to guard the Bilderberg organized crime syndicate as it plots the ruin of Spain and Europe.
Read more in German on the ASR blog: Alles Schall und Rauch http://alles-schallundrauch.blogspot.com/#ixzz0pyd3udfT
Josef Ackermann, Deutsche Bank CEO, at Bildeberg conference
Saturday, 05 June 2010 11:00
Josef Ackermann, Deutsche Bank CEO, is attending the Bilderberg meeting in Spain, according to the Swiss blog, Alles Schall und Rauch (ASR).
ASR says they uncovered Ackermann’s presence when a boy, who writes for a school newspaper in Germany, called the reception desk of the Dolce Hotel at 9 am and asked to speak to Ackermann.
He was connected to Ackermann’s room but then told that Ackermann was not there.
He left his number and Ackermann called him at 19:55. The boy told Ackermann he worked for a school newspaper and wanted to ask him some questions about the Bilderberg group.
Ackermann said he had just come from a tiring meeting and could not give any answer, and the boy should ring him in his office in Frankfurt at about 3 pm on Monday.
ASR says the boy intends to ring on Monday.
According to the Telegraph, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is also attending the Bilderberg meeting in Sitges.
Ackermann and Merkel have close links.
Ackermann celebrated his birthday in 2009 in the Chancellery in Berlin on the invitation of Bilderberg Angela Merkel. As one blogger notes:
"Not only have the German taxpayers paid out billions of euros in bailout funds due to Deutsche Bank’s role in the subprime mortgage crisis, it now turns out they unknowingly paid for a birthday bash for DB CEO Joe Ackermann that was held at the Chancellery:
Social Democrats and opposition politicians have demanded clarification on why Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted a pricey birthday bash for Deutsche Bank boss Josef Ackermann in April 2008, daily Passauer Neue Presse reported on Tuesday.The parliamentary budgetary committee plans to address the exact circumstances of the bank executive’s 60th birthday dinner celebration put on by the Chancellery later this week.
Ackermann recalls how his good friend Angela Merkel told him to invite 30 close friends to celebrate his 60th birthday. "It was a beautiful evening" ("Es war ein wunderschöner Abend.) No doubt it was a rewarding evening for Ackermann and Deutsche Bank. The bank has profited handsomely in "advising" the German government on policy for addressing the financial crisis that it helped to create."
Deutsche Bank has played a pivotal role in the financial crisis, by spreading the toxic subprime mortgages — an action for which Goldman Sachs is now facing a criminal probe in the US — , then pushing banks, such as the IKB, into default, angling to get billions in tax payer funded bailouts for banks from governments, lending those same governments money to pay for the bank bailouts, so sending the national debt soaring, and ensuring gigantic earnings from the intererst payment on that national debt while pushing for draconian budget cuts through bodies such as the CDU economics council, where people with links to the Deutsche Bank sit.
This is the excerpt in German on the ASR blog:
Gespräch mit Josef Ackermann in Sitges
Wir wissen Herr Ackermann ist in Sitges. Deshalb beauftragte ich eine Person in Deutschland ihn im Dolce Hotel anzurufern, mit der Bitte um einen Rückruf. Es musste eine deutsche Nummer sein. Selbstverständlich haben wir nicht mit einer Reaktion gerechnet.
Der junge Mann rief um ca. 9:00 Uhr im Hotel an und bat um eine Verbindung mit Herrn Ackermann. Die Reception stellte durch und meldete aber, er sei nicht in seinem Zimmer und fragte ob man eine Nachricht hinterlassen will. Daraufhin wurde die Nummer durchgegeben.
Ob ihr es glaubt oder nicht, Herr Ackermann hat um 19:55 Uhr zurückgerufen und gefragt um was es ginge. Mein Helfer sagte, er wäre von einer Schühlerzeitung und möchte ihn gerne zu Bilderberg Fragen stellen. Herr Ackermann antwortete, er wäre gerade aus einer anstrengenden Sitzung gekommen und könnte deshalb nicht jetzt Auskunft geben. Er solle doch bitte am Montag gegen 15:00 Uhr in seinem Büro in Frankfurt sich melden.
Ist das nicht unglaublich? Ich möchte betonen, es handelt sich um keine Satire, sondern wir haben es einfach probiert und es hat geklappt.
Was sagt uns das? Erstens, er ist tatsächlich beim Bilderberg-Meeting in Sitges anwesend. Zweitens, Herr Ackermann ist ein höflicher Mensch, er ist der Bitte um Rückruf nachgekommen und hat auf die Frage eines völlig Fremden gelassen reagiert. Übrigens, unsere Angaben stimmen, es handelt sich tatsächlich um einen Redakteur einer Schülerzeitung und wir werden ihn am Montag anrufen.
Hier weiterlesen: Alles Schall und Rauch http://alles-schallundrauch.blogspot.com/#ixzz0pyXBDQhm
Bilderberg BP CEO cashed sold 1.4 million UKP shares one month before oil spill
Saturday, 05 June 2010 10:57
News – Latest News
The chief executive of BP sold £1.4 million of his shares in the fuel giant weeks before the Gulf of Mexico oil spill caused its value to collapse.
By Jon Swaine and Robert Winnett
Published: 12:10AM BST 05 Jun 2010
BP chief executive Tony Hayward has been under intense pressure since the oil well erupted on April 20
Tony Hayward cashed in about a third of his holding in the company one month before a well on the Deepwater Horizon rig burst, causing an environmental disaster.
Mr Hayward, whose pay package is £4 million a year, then paid off the mortgage on his family’s mansion in Kent, which is estimated to be valued at more than £1.2 million.
There is no suggestion that he acted improperly or had prior knowledge that the company was to face the biggest setback in its history.
His decision, however, means he avoided losing more than £423,000 when BP’s share price plunged after the oil spill began six weeks ago.
Since he disposed of 223,288 shares on March 17, the company’s share price has fallen by 30 per cent. About £40 billion has been wiped off its total value. The fall has caused pain not just for BP shareholders, but also for millions of company pension funds and small investors who have money held in tracker funds.
The spill, which has still not been stemmed, has caused a serious environmental crisis and is estimated to cost BP up to £40 billion to clean up.
There was growing confidence yesterday that a new cap placed over the well was stemming the oil flow. An estimated three million litres a day had been pouring into the sea off the coast of Louisiana since the April 20 explosion, damaging marine life.
The crisis has enraged US politicians, with President Obama yesterday forced to cancel a trip to Indonesia amid a row over the White House’s response.
Mr Hayward, whose position is thought to be under threat, risked further fury by continuing plans to pay out a dividend to investors next month.
Bilderberg Guttenberg drops mask as his plans to abolish conscription blocked: compared to malicious fairy tale figure, reports Bild
Wednesday, 09 June 2010 14:42
CDU lash out at zu Guttenberg Defence Minister Karl Theodor Rumpelstiltskin!
09.06.2010 – 11:39 UHR
By Rolf Small and Nikolaus Blome
The simmering tensions between the partners in Germany’s ruling coalition have come to the fore again, with the Defence Minister being compared to Rumpelstiltskin – the creature from a Grimm Brothers fairytale who tore himself in two with anger.
After almost eight months of the black and yellow coalition between the CDU/CSU and the FDP in Berlin, its politicians are still bickering and fighting as if an inevitable divorce is around the corner. In government circles the question is often asked: How long will it continue? Can this alliance really last three years until the next election?
Relations between the CSU and FDP in particular resemble those during a heated pub brawl. But the CDU is not exactly dealing with its Bavarian sister gingerly either.
The latest highlight: Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg (CSU) caused so much anger and astonishment during the half day savings packet negotiations at the chancellery, that a remark was head: “He carries on like Rumpelstiltskin!"
Chancellery Minister Ronald Pofalla (CDU) is the chief suspect. The comment came after zu Guttenberg wanted a discussion and decision on the suspension of compulsory military service, until he was stopped in his tracks by Angela Merkel, much to the secret delight of some ministerial colleagues.
At a CDU/CSU meeting the next day, zu Guttenberg commented: “I know I’ve frightened some people a lot…”
Up to then, FDP Secretary of State Daniel Bahr had led the attacks, lashing out at the CSU: “This has gone like a wild sow." A response from CSU general Alexander Dobrindt: "Gurkentruppe” or "Cucumber troops" – meaning "a bunch of idiots!"
FDP General Secretary Christian Lindner accused CSU boss Horst Seehofer of “a personal trauma” when it came to health policy. Jens Spahn (CDU) said both sides were "like little children… getting on the nerves with their shouting”.
How long can Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) allow this sniping to go on?
Not long at all actually, because this constant trouble is not good for the electorate.
On Tuesday, Seehofer took the dispute to an even higher level: "I want to speak with the two party leaders!"
Westerwelle certainly doesn’t want to call his young, vigorous party colleagues to order with a command.
Whether a meeting between the three can improve the political climate is debatable. The ‘Frankfurter Allgemeine’ newspaper wrote: "Seehofer will not find it difficult to smash the coalition alliance with any of the three parties involved.”
The bill for the government in-fighting will be high.
If an election was to take place now, the FDP would only get five per cent of the vote, according to Stern-RTL predictions. The CDU would benefit from the losses of the FDP, gaining to two percentage points to give it 32 per cent.
Bilderberg Merkel faces resistance to budget cuts from own party
Wednesday, 09 June 2010 15:00
By ANDREA THOMAS in Berlin and TERRENCE ROTH in London
BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces growing discord in her own ranks over her €80 billion ($96 billion) savings plan, which critics say unfairly targets welfare programs.
Members of Ms. Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party Wednesday complained that the cost-cutting program introduced on Monday unfairly targets welfare recipients. Earlier calls for more taxes on high incomes had been blocked by Ms. Merkel’s junior government coalition partner, the Free Democrats. Now the divisive split over tax increased will likely dog Ms. Merkel’s efforts to get the savings plan through Parliament, which is due to vote on the bill in the autumn.
Economists have lauded the measures as necessary to reduce Germany’s soaring budget deficits and set an example for other euro-zone countries even deeper in debt. But they also say more will be needed if the government is to comply with a law requiring a nearly balanced budget by 2016.
Regional Christian Democrats and members of the party’s left wing have joined Germany’s trade unions and charities in charging that the austerity plan hits lower and middle-income households while sparing the wealthy.
Norbert Lammert, the speaker of Germany’s Lower House of Parliament and a member of Ms. Merkel’s CDU, said calls for a rise in the top tax rate of 45% would feature highly in parliamentary debates.
"As a signal for the need of a joint effort in our society, I would have wished for a special contribution from the high-income group," Mr. Lammert said in an interview with the Rheinische Post newspaper.
Much of public scorn falls on the Free Democrats, whose low-tax policies favor business interests. The party had to give in on earlier promises of tax cuts, but dug in its heels on proposals for tax increases.
Ms. Merkel’s junior partner is taking a drubbing in opinion polls, reaching a new low last week of a 5% approval rating after garnering 14.6% of the vote in last September’s general election, according to a poll conducted by the Forsa polling institute for Stern weekly magazine. The Free Democrats have sided with the majority of economists claiming that tax increases would derail Germany’s fragile economic recovery. But the politically weakened party is likely to come under growing pressure from the Christian Democrats to agree to tax increases.
"I am very optimistic the Free Democratic Party will be convinced of this in the foreseeable future," Christian Democrat Willi Zylajew said on German television Wednesday.
The brunt of the four-year austerity plan will fall most on social welfare and unemployment benefits, among others, where the government aims to cut €30.3 billion in spending. Companies will carry an extra burden of €19.2 billion through 2014.
A leading German charity group, the Paritätische Wohlfahrtsverband, criticized the government’s austerity package as "absolutely unacceptable."
"Top earners and those well off have been almost completely excluded from the savings measures while the unemployed and their families face cuts in irresponsible ways," said the group’s managing director Ulrich Schneider. "This package of measures is explosive for the social system. It doesn’t create jobs but will intensify the poverty in our country. After billions worth in aid for banks and the car industry, citizens won’t accept this injustice."
As part of the measure, family allowance will be reduced for unemployed and low- and medium-income earners and the government will no longer contribute into the public pension plan for the long-term unemployed.
Michael Sommer, chairman of the DGB umbrella trade union threatened with company protests. "Nobody should underestimate our anger about the social unfairness of this policy and our decisiveness to correct this wrong path," Mr. Sommer said. "The first move will be to take this discussion into companies and administration."
Wolfgang Wiegard, a member of the government’s council of economic advisors, said that an additional consolidation package of €20 billion will be necessary for 2015 and 2016. "This won’t be possible without cutting tax breaks and subsidies," Mr. Wiegard told Handelsblatt newspaper.
GERMAN BILDERBERGS MAKE NEW PUSH TO ABOLISH COBSCRIPTION TO ALLOW TROOPS TO SERVE ABROAD
Friday, 11 June 2010 09:15
NATO | 10.06.2010
NATO looks to tighten its belt
It’s not just national governments that need to save money these days, but also international organizations like NATO. Defense ministers from the 28 members of the military alliance are looking for ways to cut costs.
NATO’s entire military and administrative budget is two billion euros ($2.4 billion). Most NATO governments say this is too much. They are not immune to the financial crisis or the rising cost of the alliance’s largest mission in Afghanistan.
Germany’s defense minister, Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg, is already planning a radical overhaul of his country’s armed forces. That overhaul might even include putting an end to military conscription. But the NATO organization itself has to make changes too, according to Guttenberg’s deputy, Christian Schmidt.
"We have to save on all levels including the NATO level and spend in a careful and targeted way. There are clearly areas where we can economize," he told journalists at a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels on Thursday.
He and most of the representatives at the meeting are not interested in saving money on the battlefield. Troops in Afghanistan and elsewhere are already suffering from serious shortfalls. But in the opinion of many critics, NATO’s administrative structure is grossly inflated. Or, as NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen put it, too fat.
"We must cut fat and not muscle," he said. "While seeking savings we must nevertheless preserve our ability to deter attacks against us and to carry out essential operations."
Office jobs and missile defense in the crosshairs
By "fat" Rasmussen means administration. There is talk of reducing the number of commanders from 13,500 to a maximum of 9,500. An even more radical suggestion is to close down six of the 11 current headquarters or to cut 11 of its 14 defense agencies. Such cuts would be unpopular with countries that would lose such installations. A final decision won’t be made until the next summit this fall.
The ongoing discussion about missile defense has now taken on an economic thrust. The old plans for an anti-missile system from the administration of former US President George W. Bush have been buried by his successor, Barrack Obama, not least due to Russian resistance. Now NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is picking the issue up again.
"It is technically feasible to expand the system NATO is already developing, to protect our troops so that it also protects our populations and territory," he said. "The extra costs are manageable, less than 200 million euros over 10 years spread among 28 allies."
But that figure does not include the combined national contributions, which would run into billions of euros. The cost is at the forefront of discussions, a fairly new experience for NATO. During the Cold War, defense ministers were accustomed to getting the money they asked for. A decision on missile defense is also expected at the fall meeting.
One expensive, non-military project has sidestepped the budget cuts talk: the construction of a new NATO headquarters. The cost is estimated at 1.5 billion euros.
Author: Christoph Hasselbach (hf)
Editor: Chuck Penfold
BILDERBERGS ATTEND FINANCIAL MEETING IN VIENNA
Friday, 11 June 2010 09:31
Bilderbergs Deutsche Bank CEO Josef Ackermann, Austrian President Heinz Fischer, Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann as well as Greek Finance Minister Georgios Papandreou, ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet and US financial investor George Soros are in Vienna for a meeting of the Institute of International Finance from Wednesday to Friday this week.
Erste Group Chief Andreas Treichl and RZB chief Walter Rothensteiner as well as Stephen King (HSBC), Jiang Jianqing (ICB China), Urs Rohner (Credit Suisse), Federico Ghizzoni (UniCredit), Thomas Mirow (EBRD), Jes Staley (JP Morgan) and Oswald Grübel (UBS) are also attending, according to local media.
During the meeting, Soris warned that the financial crisis is about to worsen.
He should know because Soros is among the financial investors who have created the crisis with their CDS and other paper money debt instruments to suck interest payments from taxpayers, crash the euro, buy assets up for a song and introduce a new one world currency that the bankers control.
In the 1930s, the default of an Austrian bank caused the double dip of the Great Depression. Because the Bilderberg/Globalists appear to be following exactly the same game plan, an Austrian bank or a bank in a region close by such as Hypo can be expected to soon declare itself so badly affected by the Gree, Spanish, Hungarian etc etc debt crisis that it requires X billions of tax payer money, thereby manufacturing a second Lehman crisis.
Because Soros has so many financial links with Hungary, the default of an Austrian or Bavarian bank due to bad Hungarian debts seems most likely.
From the New York Times:
Soros Sees ‘Act II’ of Financial Crisis
June 10, 2010, 1:39 pm
The billionaire investor George Soros said Thursday that the financial crisis was entering “Act II” as Europe’s fiscal problems worsen and governments are pressured to cut spending to curb budget deficits — a move that may push the global economy back into recession, Bloomberg News reports.
“The collapse of the financial system as we know it is real, and the crisis is far from over,” Mr. Soros said at a conference in Vienna. “Indeed, we have just entered Act II of the drama.”
More from Bloomberg News:
Mr. Soros, 79, said the current situation in the world economy is “eerily” reminiscent of the 1930s with governments under pressure to narrow their budget deficits at a time when the economic recovery is weak.
Concern that Europe’s sovereign-debt crisis may spread sent the euro to a four-year low against the dollar on June 7 and has wiped out more than $4 trillion from global stock markets this year. Europe’s debt-ridden nations have to raise almost 2 trillion euros ($2.4 trillion) within the next three years to refinance, according to the Bank of America Corporation.
“When the financial markets started losing confidence in the credibility of sovereign debt, Greece and the euro have taken center stage, but the effects are liable to be felt worldwide,” Mr. Soros said.