13 May 2001 - Dagens Nyheter - Swedish daily newspaper

Peter Bratt

On the 24th of May the secretive Bilderberg group starts their meeting in Stenungsund, Sweden. Host for the meeting is the Wallenberg-group's powerful corporation Investor which has booked the entire conference hotel Stenungsbaden. More than one hundred of the world's most powerful and wealthy people are gathering in total seclusion to discuss the problems of the world. DN is the first newspaper able to disclose what is going on behind the curtains.

The power-holders' meeting at Hotel Stenungsbaden

The hotel is situated on an island outside Stenungsund on the Swedish west coast. This is where the members of the Bilderberg group is going to be meeting from the 24 to 28 of May. In the spacious Bohus-salongs with a view over Hakefjord some of North America's and Europe's most influential persons will discuss big politics and business. The meeting is "private", so nobody needs to worry about being quoted in media.

Security measures

Investor is host of the meeting and has hired the entire hotel. The Swedish secret police, SÄPO, is responsible for the Swedish participants - and responsible for surveillance of the perimeters of the hotel and beyond. Prominent foreign participants have protection of their own respective state security services. These have contacted SÄPO and required permission to carry arms. A person like Henry Kissinger still has protection of the US Secret Service. Drawings over the layout of the hotel has been classified and the staff of the hotel has been instructed not to discuss the meeting with media.

The delegations - each country sends a delegation of, usually, 3 persons:

1 prominent industry- or business-leader.
1 politician of high ranking (minister, prime minister, senator).
1 intellectual (an academic or chief editor, for instance).

Sweden often has had more than three participants, and this year probably will have an extra surplus - being that the meeting is held in Sweden. The United States has most participants because of its size. Individual participants are seated in alphabetical order, not delegation by delegation.

The "Chatham House rule":

Citing direct quotes is forbidden according to this rule, which was created in 1927 by the Royal British Foreign Policy Institute [Royal Institute of International Affairs], whose seat is in Chatham House. Nobody is allowed to tell who said what. The purpose for this rule is supposed to be, that every participant should be able to speak freely, without any risk of being criticised by their employer, by parliament - or by media.

Meeting behaviours:

Six "panels", with three members in each, leads the conversations. Each panel lasts for the duration of approximately two hours. After an introductary speech of about ten minutes, the rest of participants choose - when they want to enter into the conversation - whether they want to speak for one, three or five minutes - by raising one, three or five fingers. One-minute-speakers get to speak first.

NB. The above two items came with a graphic illustration of the seating arrangements in the plenary - surrounded by 21 photos of certain named participants (maybe you could get lucky and find this on the homepage of the newspaper: - or by getting a copy of the actual newspaper. PH).

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Facts/ previous meetings in Sweden:

This year's meeting in Stenungsund will be the fourth time that the Bilderberg group gathers in Sweden.

- The first time was in 1962 at Saltsjöbaden. At that time there were 8 Swedes participating, headed by Stateminister Tage Erlander, industry tycoon Marcus Wallenberg and the national labour union leader Arne Geier. The press was astonished by the near total secrecy - and DN's editorial described it as ludicrous.

- In 1973 was the next occasion and again it was staged at the Wallenberger's Grand Hotel in Saltsjöbaden. Now Stateminister Olof Palme was attending together with Finance Minister Gunnar Sträng and Foreign Minister Krister Wickman. And, of course, Marcus Wallenberg.

- In 1984 the meeting again was held at Saltsjöbaden - and this time Wallenberg had been replaced by the boss of Saab-Scania, Sten Gustafsson. Palme was there again, and previous Army Chief in Command, Stig Synnergren, Peter Wallenberg from the SE-Bank and Hans Werthén from Electrolux. Representatives from The Economist, Le Monde and New York Times were included at that time. Palme explained to DN about the Bilderberg meetings that "they are of great informational value and that is why I have participated from time to time since 1965".

The Bilderberg group publishes an "information"-folder: The latest is dated January 2001. General Secretary and Chairman is Martin Taylor from Goldman Sachs. In the Steering Committee's Secretariat of 30 persons, Jacob Wallenberg (SEB) is the only Swede. The membership register includes 110 names. Four of them are Swedish: Percy Barnevik (Investor), Sten Gustafsson (Saab-Scania), Björn Lundvall (Ericsson) and Marcus Wallenberg (Investor). Most strikingly is the fact, that all Swedes - with permanent positions in Bilderberg - belong to the Wallenberg empire.

INFILTRATION and NUCLEAR POWER has been on the agenda down through the years.

What can be found out from the agendas of the Bilderberg meetings from 1954 to 2000?

The Soviet Union, Communist infiltration, NATO, Nuclear Power, the German unification, the Satellite states - these have all been standing topics of discussion. Economic-, military- and police- co-ordination against the Soviet Union seems to have been the main theme. In 1969 one topic was the instability of the West, which logically must have concerned the 68-revolts.

After the fall of the Iron Curtain, the topics have shifted to such as "threats against Globalisation" and the unrest in the Balkans. In 1995 they were asking whether the "IT-society is creating a new set of political behaviour?". In 1997 they were worrying about "whether continual economic growth may threaten social solidarity in the West?". And last year it was questioned whether rightist extremism might pose a threat.

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The Bilderberg group is having a meeting in Stenungsund on the west coast 24th - 28th of May.

"The secret high priests of capitalism and globalisation", their critics claim. "Nonsense", says Minister of Trade, Leif Pagrotsky, who is going to participate - "the meetings serve a purpose to reduce prejudices and misunderstandings".

The Bilderberg group is often depicted as some sort of freemasons, where the powerful of the world, in secrecy, are drawing up the guidelines for how capital may rule, without interference from either people or public scrutiny.

It sounds tantalising, but the picture becomes quite different when you speak with persons who've participated frequently in the meetings.

On the Internet and in the newspaper files, even in the big international ones, there is very little to be found about the Bilderberg-group. What you'll find is mostly the "run-of-the mill conspiracies" - not any accounts of what actually takes place at the meetings.

The group was formed in 1954, on the initiative of the Netherlands - and was named after the first conference hotel, Bilderberg. It had a lot to do with trying to strengthen the ties between USA and Europe in the face of the threat from the Soviet Union and Communism. Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands served as the front figure.

Carl Bildt, who has participated in six meetings, says: "There are several conferences of this sort of type, where people are gathered for a concentrated discussion on subjects of acute importance. Most of the time they are carried out under what is called Chatham House rules, which means that you may use the information given - but you must never tell who have told what. This is normal.

Bilderberg is an old and merited group. There are others which are somewhat more dynamic. Discussions may be on a variety of subjects. Last year I remember a real battle over the sanctions against Austria. I am not going to be participating this year. I have to be at the Aspen-conference instead, which has a similar purpose, in the north of Italy and at the same time", says Carl Bildt.

Professor Anders Åslund, peace-researcher at the Carnegie Fund in Washington and previous economic advisor for the Russian government, says: "Bilderberg is a private network of influential persons from Western Europe and North America. Approximately 110 people are participating each year. The idea is to have a discussion of the world's big economic and political issues.

Every country has a co-ordinator, who is permitted to invite participants. In Sweden it has been from the beginning Marcus Wallenberg (senior) and later on, Sten Gustafsson from Saab - and now it is Percy Barnevik. Normally, small countries are allowed to have three participants, but Sweden usually has a few more. Carl Bild is admitted on an "international quota". A typical delegation is comprised of one person from industry - a businessman or a chief of a bank - one prominent politician, preferably a prime minister, a finance or foreign minister, and some intellectual, who usually is an academic or some chief editor.

Swedish politicians don't seem particularly interested in international issues - Björn Rosengren was present once in Portugal, and Leif Pagrotsky is one of the few who is genuinely interested. There are usually six panels on different subjects which are staged in two-hour sessions. All meetings are held in a pleni-auditorium, the participants are sitting in alphabetical order - and also the panels are put together according to the principle: industry, politics, analysts. I find it to be valuable meetings with a strong discipline.

The introductory speaker usually confines himself to a ten minutes speech - and after that you may raise one, three or five fingers signifying as many minutes. One-minute speakers get the floor first. This is no conspiracy - it is stimulating and one learns a lot. They are very prominent participants, often strong personalities and in the duration of the meetings one will usually get the chance to speak with half of them.

Jurgen Schrempp (Daimler-Chrysler) is usually there plus Conrad Black (The Telegraph, Canada) and Bertrand Collomb (Lafarge), the chiefs of the German and French National Banks, Giovanni Agnelli (Fiat) and the bosses of IMF, the World Bank - and the World Trade Organisation, WTO.

I usually end up sitting next to Bernard Arnault from the French luxury firm LVMH and Paul Allaire (Xerox), because of the alphabetical order. Vernon Jordan is usually always there (Lazard Brothers) - and either the owner of Washington Post, Katherine Graham - or her son. There are usually three senators from the USA - like John Kerry (Democrat), Chuck Hagel (Republican) and Christopher Dodd (Democrat). Kenneth Clarke (previous British Conservative Minister of Finance) is often there.

There are few representatives from labour unions, at most a couple from USA. But Social Democrats are usually well represented through European politicians, such as Peter Mendelsohn. Henry Kissinger or Peter Carrington is usually chairman. Percy Barnevik normally brings along Marcus or Jacob Wallenberg - one year it was Tom Hedelius and a minister and an intellectual, like myself. But this year I am not attending.

The normal agenda covers Russia, Japan, China, big economic questions like East-West co-operation and the Balkans", ends Mr Åslund.

The Swedish Minister for this year is Leif Pagrotsky, who also attended last year. He explains: "Industry often has an odd perception of those of us who are working in politics. Even in such a small country as Sweden - we are living in separate worlds. When we are invited, I think we should participate and not remain standing on the sideline claiming that this is just too conservative... Last year, I didn't see many Social Democrats in the assembly, but it is good that persons like myself, from a small European party on the Left, get to meet senators from the USA - and vice-versa", says the Minister of Trade.

"When I have travelled the Anglo-Saxon business-world, I have often been met by a belief, that a Swedish Social Democratic minister is some kind of half-Communist, who hasn't got any grasp on economy. It is very useful to be able to air out prejudices and misconceptions. The fact, that the meetings are secret, or rather, private - in the way that one doesn't disclose what other people have said, is actually quite normal - this is the same way of things within the EU and OECD, too.

What is not really good, is all the strange conceptions about the Bilderberg group that abound. Between the EU and the USA there have been a lot of suspicion and struggle. That is why it is important that representatives from both sides are given the opportunity to understand the reasoning of the other side. Last year year's meeting was concerned with the expansion of the EU, the situation in Eastern Europe and the situation in the USA, before the presidential elections. What it will be this year, I don't know", says Minister of Trade, Leif Pagrotsky.

-- ©Copyright Peter Bratt, Dagens Nyheter, Swedish Daily Newspaper, 13 May 2001.

Kissinger not welcome during the Vietnam years

Henry Kissinger was invited for the meeting in Saltsjöbaden in 1973. That was one year after Olof Palme's scorching attack on the bombings of the United States in Vietnam, which he compared to the Nazi atrocities during the Second World War. Foreign Minister Krister Wickman let the emissary of the USA know, that Kissinger's visit was not appropriate and only would make matters worse - as both Palme and Wickman were going to participate in the meeting. And they would not be able to only "talk about the weather"...

Kissinger became furious and ordered the State Department, Foreign Ministry of the USA, to give Wickman a genuine scolding. The State Department leaked it to the press, that the Swedish government had informed Kissinger, that he was not welcome.

Now it became the Bilderbergers' turn to react. Prince Bernhard became so angry at the Swedish government, that he threatened to move the entire meeting. This, in turn, got Marcus Wallenberg's attention - so he rushed up to Olof Palme, who straightaway telephoned prince Bernhard, and sent Sverker Åström on an errand to the American Embassy to assure them, that the whole matter, naturally, was a misunderstanding. The Swedish government hadn't said that Kissinger wasn't welcome, of course not... Palme claimed the same thing in front of the press.

But that it definitely was so - and that Palme was not telling the truth - is proven by documents, which DN's Kurt Mälarstedt has located in Washington.

Peter Bratt.......................

-- ©Copyright Peter Bratt, Dagens Nyheter, Swedish Daily Newspaper, 13 May 2001.

(NB. The above item was accompanied with a photocopy of part of the document - sub-titled: "Furious Kissinger. Letter from the archives of the American State Department sent from Henry Kissinger to Ernst Beuget in the Bilderberger-group's council." PH).

“Schlaug a hard critic of the group”

The previous spokesman of the Greens (Miljöpartiet), Birger Schlaug, is one of the critics of the Bilderberg-group:

- Their motivation is, that the elite shall be able to act in secrecy. It is not because they are evil, but because they believe in what they are doing. International capital wants to remove all obstacles to globalisation - and all obstacles to the right of capital to act freely without constrictions such as regard for the environment, social responsibility or human rights. Demands from local democracies are such obstacles.

- The Bilderberg group is striving after a consensus, a mutual understanding, in their view of the role of capital. Both Liberals (Moderates) and Social-democrats have subjected themselves to this view, or share it - however you choose to see it.

- What I'm reacting to, is that the participants deny that the meetings have such great significance, when in fact they have amassed such an unheard of and uncontrolled power."

Never been before?  You won't find a better excuse

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Gothenburg Guide:

How much do you know about Sweden?

Mini Cruise Breaks to Gothenburg

The Secrets of Sweden, history etc: [in English]:

20 May 01 - Latest info on the conference in digest form

My contact at Sveriges Radio says the Swedish Secret Service have confirmed the Bilderberg meeting will be taking place on the hotel/island at Stenungsund near Gothenburg on 24-27th May this year. We will only know for sure when the security services turn up to sweep the hotel and the black Mercedes cars with the characteristic 'B' on the front windscreen begin to arrive.

This conference venue is likely to become a no-go zone within Sweden as foreign marksmen seal the entire island off from scrutiny of press and public.

Could it be that in this Bilderberg fortress the agenda, and even main decisions for the EU summit in Gothenburg three weeks later (14-17 June) will be decided? There will be a counter-summit conference taking place in Gothenburg over the same June dates where I hope this will be discussed as an unacceptable possibility.

Happily the Swedish mainstream press and radio have taken an interest in the forthcoming Bilderberg conference (see below). If anyone can translate these articles to English please send them to me for publication on Swedish TV say they will run a piece on the conference next Tuesday (22nd).

Thinking of Checking Bilderberg out for yourself this year and joining the Bilderberg Scrutineers?

Bilderberg bloodhound Jim Tucker is the most reliable contact for those, particularly journalists wishing to visit/photograph or otherwise cover the conference. (Having met Jim last year in Brussels I can testify he is not, as Bilderberg propaganda would have us believe, a right-wing nutcase. If you get told this I always like to expose the source of such disinformation so please send it to me).

Jim will be arriving on Tuesday, May 22 and staying at the Hotel Eggers-Best Western in Gothenburg. Their phone number is +46 31 806 070. Prices at Jim's hotel are $130 per night for a single room or $80 per night per person for a twin.

If this is too expensive for you there are plenty of cheaper places to stay in Gothenburg or you may wish to stay closer to Stenungsund.

Youth hostels:

Vandrahem Slottsskogen, Vegagatan 21, 413 63 Göteborg, tel. +46 31 426 520
Vandrahem Stigbergsliden 10, 414 63 Göteborg, tel. +46 31 241 620
Vandrahem Steningssund, pl 6109, 444 91 Stenungsund, tel. +46 30 382 120

The Gothenburg tourist office are there to help you on +46 31 293 000

Swedish Press Article (see above full translation)

On the 13th May the large Swedish newspaper "Dagens Nyheter" had a full-page article with a lot of facts and background on the meeting which is confirmed to be 24 - 28 of May.

1: The meeting is taking place on an island off the coast of Stenungsund - the island is called Stenungsön and is connected to the mainland by road 160. No doubt the road will be closed to regular traffic.

2: The Wallenberg-group's powerful company "Investor" is the host and is responsible for security at Hotel "Stenungsbaden".

3: Prominent foreign participants are protected by their own countries' security services and have requested permission from the Swedish secret police "Säpo" to carry arms in Sweden. Drawings of the layout of the hotel have been classified and the staff of the hotel have been forbidden to discuss the meeting with media.

4: Carl Bildt will not (according to his own statement) be attending this year - since he is needed to participate at the Aspen-conference in the north of Italy (a similar meeting at the same time).

Carl Bildt's record of disaster in Swedish politics:
Cradle-to-Grave Discontent:

5: The Swedish government representative who'll participate this year is Minister of Trade, Leif Pagrotsky (who just recently was greeted in the university city of Lund with a pie in his face).

6: It is not certain yet - but was mentioned last night on the news in TV that even Mr Putin (besides Mr Bush) may show up at the EU-summit in Göteborg.

btw. [= by the way]
Bilderberg's Dutch phone number (possibly office too) has changed. Bilderberg secretariat's new telephone number in Holland is +31-71-528 0521 (thanks to anon. Swedish journalist)

Where is Gothenburg?On the agenda at Bilderberg: The future of the Net?

10 Apr 01 -- Here is the news the BBC and your favourite newspaper neglected to tell you.

Forum Number 2 - the backup way to discuss travel arrangements and how the event should be covered:

It is strongly suggested that the Bilderberg Group is meeting this year in Sweden. Last year they changed their minds rather late, and ended up on the street near Brussels, right in front of us, so I guess they won't want to do that again. We can assume then that, either we are getting a 'bum-steer', or this is correct. It sounds plausible enough, given their interest (read 'role') in EU matters, that they would meet in Gothenburg, just before the Summit. They have a tendency to do this with G7/8 as well. A larger than usual delegation the last two years also tends to support this.

It is quite interesting that Sweden is the choice. We saw (and photographed) a few Swedes at last years: Barnevik (Steering Committee), Bildt, Pagrotsky, Leif Johansson, Lars-Eric Petersson and Jacob Wallenberg.



Also, Bildt would have met Esther Dyson at last year's meeting. That seems innocent enough, until you notice that he is suddenly chairing a major panel for ICANN, the internet Domain Names organisation, which she was President of until recently. I imagine Bildt will take over from Barnevik as Steering Committee member, and is a rising star in the elite. He is now well placed to influence the development of the internet, that delinquent medium the elite would love to control (as they control all other media). And IT is a growing aspect of these summits!

Mr Carl Bildt better have a good alibi for this meeting! Just saying "I will not be there" is not good enough Carlo.

Just a small bit of elite politics I thought might interest you.

The location is apparently:

Quality Hotel, Stenungsbaden, Stenungsund QUALITY HOTEL

Tel: + 46 303 726800
c. 50 km north of Gothenburg route E6

Quality Hotel:

Given the growing interest, it is possible that a bigger welcome committee will turn out this year. Tempted to go along myself - never been to Sweden!

Hej Då,


Exact dates?


I made a little research at Quality Hotel Stenungsbaden's online room reservation machine which can be found at

I tried to book a room for one for one night stay. May 22nd there were all kinds of rooms free. From May 23rd until May 26th there were no free rooms. For Sunday 27th I could have made a reservation for any kind of room I wanted. It has been announced in that the dates of the meeting are 24th to 28th.

In the light of my examination it is more probable that the dates of the Bilderberg 2001 meeting are from Wednesday May 23rd to Saturday May 26th.

NB: They might want to have the place swept for bugs, journalists etc. on the 23rd?

Where will Bilderberg Bloodhound reporter Jim Tucker be staying?

I will arrive Tuesday, May 22 and check into the Hotel Eggers-Best Western in Gothenburg. Their phone number is 46-31-806070

Jim Tucker

Why should I go to Sweden?

The purpose of even one individual travelling to the 2001 Bilderberg conference in Sweden should be clear. To alert national and international press to the secret presence of so many internationally 'important' figures and to persuade them, as we did in Brussels, to inform the wider European public.

The trouble is, though Bilderberg say they issue a 'press release' this is sent to one or two Bilderberg-friendly press (owned by a committed Bilderberg participant such as Andrew Knight from News International) that aren't likely to report anything after the event has finished. Press Releases are supposed to be sent out before the event as any journalist will tell you.

To get the newspapers, TV and radio down

This object is what this website is all about. But it needs people on the ground too to inform the press, particularly satirical magazines, that this high-powered secretive meeting is going on, and that a campaign for press access to the meeting exists.

The Bilderbergers try to prevent the press covering the conference with a pernicious lie: that their conference is only criticised by right-wing anti-Jewish conspiracy theorists. Please point out that:

  1. Though Jewish people do attend the conference there is no evidence that Bilderberg is a Jewish organisation.
  2. The most incisive critical academic paper - Bilderberg and the Project for European Unification - is by a writer from a Jewish family.
  3. This excuse is trotted out year after year by Bilderberg and others to try and scare the press off.

To form an on-the-spot anti-conference media working group

At the Bilderberg conference 2000 in Brussels a confused young English man called Damien turned up with a grotesque 'Animal Rights' banner. He made a half-hearted attempt to link Bilderberg with this almost totally unrelated issue. People like him conveniently play into the hands of the conference organisers by obscuring the message of what Bilderberg is really about to any press that DO cover the conference. How exacerbating!

Bilderberg is about moving forward, with the help of the press barons, the corporate vision of a United States of Europe. That means a single currency, no borders, the same laws and, ultimately one unelected government with an unelected president, the European Commission, for the whole of Europe.

So, if you are going to the conference: please be clear about why you are there:

  1. to share information (and a few beers) with other well-informed anti-Bilderberg campaigners from around the world
  2. to, once the conference venue is confirmed (when the secret service people are clearing the hotel to make way for the participants or steering group members such as Kissinger begin to arrive) contact all national, and more independent international media, with a short prepared statement. Naming high powered individuals including anyone you spot arriving and giving the telephone number of the hotel. Make it clear that freelance US journalist Jim Tucker who has been following Bilderberg around for many years will be there and available for interview.
  3. to let me know here in Bristol
  4. to infiltrate the conference to pick up conference documentation and other information - as Jim Tucker has done (this would not be necessary if there was proper press access)
  5. to protest peacefully about the lack of press access to conference participants between sessions. No-one is saying we should have the right to sit in on or film the entire conference, just that the world's press should be provided with facilities inside the hotel by the conference organisers. So that participants can give interviews when they're not busy.
  6. to talk to participants as they wander round the conference venue, or play golf, to find out what they think of what's being discussed inside.
  7. to photograph, film and write up the event for the record and for those (like me) who can't be there. I will post your articles and pictures on this page.

and please telephone me, Tony Gosling, at Bristolpages, +44 117 924 7738, during work hours, if you would like a reassuring chat or have information you want sending out on my Power Elite Public Information Service email list.

Where will Bilderberg 2001 happen?

Previously reliable source, Jim Tucker from Spotlight has just announced this year's probable Bilderberg meeting date and venue and is calling for people to come and witness the event.

The Quality Hotel in Stenungsbaden [near Stenungsund], is 50 km north of Göteborg [Gothenburg - Eng.], Sweden, close to Landvetter airport is thought to be the venue.

Ferries run to Göteborg from Newcastle-upon-Tyne(GB), Amsterdam(NL), Harwich(GB) and Kiel(D)

direct flights to Gothenburg from:: Aarhus, Amsterdam, Basel, Belgrade, Billund, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Helsingborg, London-Heathrow, London-Gatwick, Malta, Manchester, Munich, Oslo, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Sandefjord, Skopje, Teheran, Vienna and Zurich.

Göteborg-Landvetter Airport is situated close to the 40 trunk road between Gothenburg (25 km) and Borås (40 km). The nearest village is Härryda. A motorway connects Gothenburg with the airport. Check out Jon Ronson's new book: 'Them' through

don't forget last year they gave us the run-around.


This year’s Bilderberg related news

Elite Coup - Bilderbergers filling the unelected European Cabinet


20 Mar 01 - Bilderberger must not head ICANN Internet study!

25 Feb 01- The Observer on the 'special relationship' - 'Not so fast Tony. You'll have to earn your keep'

Private Capacity - 'new book' about Bilderberg postponed until June 2002

Harvard paper - 'Imagine yourselves to be dictators of Europe' - The origins of the Single Market

And Finally - a book recommendation


[This piece was written following the dismissal of the European Commission (openly being called now the 'cabinet' of Europe) on the Ides of March (15th of March) 1999. The dismissal was a result of a vote of no confidence passed by the European Parliament.]

Compare the European Commission website

Grattan Healy

3.9.99, revised 2.3.2000

The 'global elite' have performed yet another coup. They have so far had many of their people elected to high office - Bill Clinton, Lionel Jospin, Tony Blair, as well as Jacques Santer, Wim Duisenberg (now head of the European Central Bank), and many others.

Chair of the Commission Romano Prodi was a Steering Committee Member of the Bilderberg Group in the 80s - I have a copy of their booklet from 1982, which incidentally also shows that Wim Duisenberg was the then Treasurer. What is noticeable that Prodi has limited the declarations of his Commissioners to 10 years, something not done in the previous Commission, and so has allowed himself not to declare this former highly sensitive role.

Since the head man is a member of the elite, it should be no surprise that he has nominated 7 other elite members (and incidentally 4 others suspected of involvement in fraud!). These 7 are:

  1. As result of Parliamentary questions from Patricia McKenna, Irish Green MEP, Mario Monti has now formally declared that he was a former Steering Committee member of Bilderberg ('83-'93) and implies that he is also a former Executive Committee member of the Trilateral Commission, as well as council of the Aspen Institute. However, he was still present until recently on the Trilateral homepage -, and was in both the '92 and '98 membership lists; he said in an European Parliamentary answer that he was a member of the Executive committee of the Trilateral Commission (Europe), from 1988 to 1997, which is not what he was asked about.
  2. Erikki Liikanen attended Bilderberg last June in Sintra, Portugal, according to the official press list circulated, and reported in Portuguese newspaper, The News Weekly (link out of date - http://the-, but the list is at:
  3. According to his declaration, Frits Bolkestein is to remain a Member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (or Chatham House, in London), originally established by Cecil Rhodes, and responsible for establishing the Council on Foreign Relations in the USA (the other major elite group which includes all senior political and administrative figures in the USA, also including the President). He does not mention his participation in the Bilderberg Group in Toronto in 1996, the first time where their list was widely circulated, and it can be found at
  4. Pedro Solbes Mira declares his membership of the Trilateral Commission since 1996 (quote: "I.1.2 Posts currently held Member of the Spanish section of the Trilateral Commission (since 1996)", but fails to mention that he is on the Steering Committee, (their homepage doesn't mention that he is a Commissioner either: "Pedro Solbes, Member of the Spanish Parliament; former Minister of Finance and of Agriculture, Madrid", or his participation in Bilderberg last year. He is apparently scheduled to go to the June Swiss meeting this year.
  5. Gunther Verheugen doesn't mention his participation in Bilderberg in 1995 in Bürgenstock, Switzerland (see
  6. Chris Patten says that while he was Governor of Hong Kong he had many memberships of charitable organisations, but we cannot regard his membership of the Trilateral Commission in this way (he is on their official list from March '98), and he doesn't list it as a current membership either.
  7. Finally, Antonio Vitorino does not declare that he attended Bilderberg in 1996 (see again

Bilderberg claims to have no formal membership as such, but has a list of 120 or so invitees which changes from year to year, reflecting a sort of changing membership. It has a core group, reflected in the Steering Committee.

Either way, in the spirit of openness, and also the written answers from Commissioners like Liikanen (, proposing the declaration of all political roles (in answer to a Green question), I would have thought these rather important roles should be mentioned. (see the Commissioners' declarations at


Guardian Weekend - March 28, 2001

Jon Ronson

RUMOURS have persisted for years about a tiny but secretive group of power brokers who are said to be the real rulers of the world. For nearly half a century they have been busy making and breaking presidents, starting and ending wars and generally shaping our lives.

Tales of this all-powerful clique intrigued award-winning writer and documentary film-maker Jon Ronson. So he set about tracking down the Bilderberg Group -- named after a hotel in Holland where they held their first clandestine meeting.

His quest took Ronson to Portugal. He was astonished by what he saw there......

IT WAS at around 4pm that sunny spring day that a succession of local taxis and old cars began rolling up at the plush golfing resort near Estoril.

David Rockefeller, net worth $ 2.5billion, chairman of the Chase Manhattan Bank, sat huddled in the back of a local cab.

The Caesar Park gatekeeper bowed and lifted the gate, and the taxi disappeared up the drive.

Then Umberto Agnelli of Italian car giants Fiat drew up. Bill Clinton's close friend Vernon Jordan, World Bank president James Wolfensohn, American UN representative Richard Holbrooke and media magnate Conrad Black followed.

And Henry Kissinger - the American envoy with the thick European accent who sanctioned the secret bombing of Cambodia and later won the Nobel Peace Prize.

"I'll tell you one thing I bet you didn't know about Kissinger," said my companion, Washington reporter "Big" Jim Tucker. "His accent is as American as mine.

"Creep up on him at a bar, as I once did, and whisper that you know exactly what he's up to, and he'll splutter and shout at you in an accent as American as Mom's apple pie."

The taxis kept coming. They carried industrialists, European Commissioners, bankers.

Then an old bus cruised up. Inside, staring out of the window, was Peter Mandelson. When we told Jim we'd spotted him, he asked: "Who's Peter Mandelson?"

But Jim does know most of them. He has been trying for 30 years to uncover the truth about the Bilderberg Group. It's been a cat-and-mouse crusade.

"Those sick luminaries are always on the move," he said. "They never come together in the same place twice, to evade detection. They meet once a year, for a long weekend in May or June."

THEY have been ruling the world in secret since 1954, Jim said. The Gulf war and Margaret Thatcher's resignation were both orchestrated by Bilderberg, he told us.

And I later learnt that a fiery speech by former British Foreign Secretary David Owen at a group meeting helped give the British cause a crucial boost during the Falklands war.

"Margaret Thatcher is one of the good guys," said Jim. "Bilderberg ordered her to dismantle British sovereignty, but she said No way, so they had her sacked."

Big Jim once found himself at a drinks party with Thatcher and sidled up to her. "How does it feel to have been denounced by those Bilderberg boys, ma'am?" he growled. She whispered that she considered it a "great tribute to be denounced by Bilderberg".

Prince Charles and Bill Clinton have been to sessions."They are small fry," said Jim. "The rulers of the world are the ones who do the inviting. The steering committee."

I later contacted dozens of Bilderberg members. Nobody returned my calls or even wrote back to decline my request.

I did speak to David Rockefeller's press secretary. He told me Mr Rockefeller was thoroughly fed up with being called a 12ft lizard, a secret ruler of the world, and so on.

I asked him why he thought no Bilderberg member had returned my calls or answered my letters.

"Well," he shrugged, "I suppose it's because they might want to be invited back."

I persevered. Being followed around by a man in dark glasses was tame in comparison to the indignities suffered by some who had travelled this road before me. In June 1998, a Scottish reporter tracked Bilderberg to the Turnberry Hotel in Ayrshire and, when he started asking questions, he was handcuffed by police and thrown in jail.

I CONTINUED to write to Bilderbergers but, for months, there was no breakthrough. Then, one Tuesday morning, the phone rang.

It was the instantly-recognisable voice of a founder member. For 30 years, he had been one of their inner circle, a Bilderberg agenda setter, a head-hunter -- a secret ruler of the world himself, if you believed the stories. It was Lord Healey.

"How can I help you?" he said. "Well," I said, "would you tell me what happens inside Bilderberg meetings?" "OK," he said, cheerfully. There was a silence.

"Why?" I said. "Nobody else will."

"Because you asked me," he said. Then he added: "I'm an old fart. Come on over."

Once Healey had agreed to talk to me, other Bilderberg members became amenable, too, provided they could stay anonymous. Thus I was able to piece together the backstage mechanics of this most secret society.

A tiny, shoe-string central office in Holland decides each year which country will host the next meeting.

Each country has two steering committee members. British ones have included Healey, ex-Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington, Andrew Knight, ex-editor of The Economist, and Martin Taylor, ex-chief executive of Barclays. They say each country dreads its turn coming around, for it has to raise the money to book an entire five-star hotel for four days (plus meals, transport and vast security - every packet of peas is opened and scrutinised).

They call up Bilderberg-friendly global corporations - Xerox, Heinz, Fiat, Barclays, Nokia - which donate the money. Nobody can buy their way into a meeting, though many corporations have tried.

Then they decide whom to invite. The notion of a "Bilderberg person" hasn't changed since the group was created by Denis Healey, a little-known Polish immigrant named Joseph Retinger, David Rockefeller and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands.

"First off," a steering committee member told me, "the invited guests must sing for their supper. They can't just sit there like church mice. They are there to speak.

"I remember when I invited Margaret Thatcher, back in '75. She wasn't worldly.

"Well, she sat there for the first two days and didn't say a thing. People started grumbling. A senator came up to me on the Friday night.

"He said: 'This lady you invited, she hasn't said a word. You really ought to say something to her.'

"So I had a quiet word with her at dinner. She was embarrassed. Well, she obviously thought about it overnight, because the next day she suddenly stood up and launched into a three-minute Thatcher special.

"I can't remember the topic, but the room was stunned.

"Here's something for your conspiracy theorists. As a result of that speech, David Rockefeller and Henry Kissinger and the other Americans fell in love with her.

"They brought her over to America, took her around in limousines, and introduced her to everyone."

Guests are not allowed to bring partners. There are two morning and two afternoon sessions, but on the Saturday they are in the evening so that the Bilderbergers can play golf.

The seating plan is in alphabetical order. It is reversed each year.

WHILE furiously denying that they secretly rule the world, my Bilderbergers did admit that international affairs had, from time to time, been influenced by these sessions.

During the Falklands war, the British Government's request for international sanctions against Argentina fell on stony ground.

But David Owen stood up at a Bilderberg meeting and gave the most fiery speech in favour of imposing them. The speech changed a lot of minds. Sanctions were imposed.

Lord Healey told me: "To say we were striving for a one-world government is exaggerated, but not wholly unfair.

"Those of us in Bilderberg felt we couldn't go on for ever fighting one another for nothing and killing people and rendering millions homeless. So we felt that a single community throughout the world would be a good thing."

"Bilderberg is a way of bringing together politicians, industrialists, financiers and journalists. Politics should involve people who aren't politicians.

"We make a point of getting along younger politicians who are obviously rising, to bring them together with financiers and industrialists who offer them wise words. It increases the chance of having a sensible global policy."

"Does going help your career?" I asked. "Oh yes," he said. He added: "Your new understanding of the world will certainly help your career."

"Which sounds like a conspiracy," I said.

"Crap!" said Lord Healey. "Idiocy! Crap! I've never heard such crap! That isn't a conspiracy! That is the world. It is the way things are done. And quite rightly so.

"But I will tell you this. If extremists and leaders of militant groups believe that Bilderberg is out to do them down, they're right. We are. We are against Islamic fundamentalism, for instance, because it's against democracy."

"Isn't Bilderberg's secrecy against democracy, too?" I asked. "We aren't secret," he snapped. "We're private.

"Nobody is going to speak freely if they're going to be quoted by ambitious and prurient journalists like you who think it'll help your career to attack something that you have no knowledge of."

I noticed a collection of photo albums on his mantelpiece. Healey has always been a keen amateur photographer, so I asked him if he'd ever taken any pictures inside Bilderberg.

"Oh yes," he said. "Lots and lots of photographs." I eyed the albums. "Could I have a look at them?" I asked.

Lord Healey looked down at his lap. He thought about my request. He looked up again.

"No," he said. "F*** off."

Extracted from Them: Adventures With Extremists, by Jon Ronson, published by Picador, RRP £16, on April 6. Jon Ronson 2001. see

20 Mar 01 - Bilderberger must not head crucial ICANN Internet study

Carl Bildt - Six times now at Bilderberg. After Percy Barnevik, who is on the Steering Committee, Bildt is the most committed Swedish Elitist. The study is to examine how ordinary people ,rather than big business, should have a say in the development of the internet. On Bildt's association with Bilderberg see Grattan's pages - particularly the Sweden page

  1. Introduction - Grattan Healy - this note refers to our pictures on last year's Bilderberg meeting
  2. Correspondence on the subject with Denise Michael, ICANN's full-time worker on the 'at-large study'
  3. ICANN Launches At Large Membership Study - from their website
Introduction - Grattan Healy - this note refers to pictures on last year’s Bilderberg meeting just outside Brussels:

Grattan Healy is adviser on Energy and Research for the Green group at the European Parliament.

Tony's Pages
Grattan's pages

Dear friends,

My colleague Laurence, who deals with Info Society questions in our Committee at the European Parliament (ITRE), spoke to me earlier about ICANN, which I decided to take a peek at this evening. I was aware that Esther Dyson was involved in such things, as I came across her when she attended last year's Bilderberg meeting here in Brussels. In fact she was the founding Chairperson of ICANN, and has just retired from that role. On their page I noticed that Carl Bildt has been wheeled in to do a key study (see below)!

How curious, as we filmed him entering the very same Bilderberg meeting!!

I did wonder why Esther was present. It seems possible that the elite figure they need to get a hand on this delinquent medium, since they pretty much own every other one. And it offers them a possible route to influence over what is already a growing economic force, and may become a global political structure. So watch out!!

Note that Bildt helped set up a media company in Bosnia, and I had some not so flattering reports about that adventure!

Ciao, Grattan

Correspondence between Denise Michael, full-time worker on the ‘at-large study’ and me (Tony)

Most recent first - this section best read from the bottom up - sorry ;-)

Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2001 18:37:41 +0000
From: Tony Gosling <>
Subject: ICANN

Dear Denise,

Bildt cannot chair a credible committee - you must ask yourself do you want credibility or not?

His stock in trade these days is forging an imaginary consensus to favour international bankers and big business.

Your only hope is if the internet community-at-large do not find out about his covert activities.

I am not surprised your forum is not working. Your study would not stand up to even a whiff of public scrutiny or discussion.


At Mon, 19 Mar 2001 10:02:30 -0800, you wrote:

>I'm implying that Carl Bildt is the Chair and will lead the ALSC's effort to
>forge a consensus and submit a report to ICANN's Board on At-Large
>participation in ICANN. If you have a view on At-Large and want to help
>shape the ALSC's work, please frequent our website ( (a
>public forum will be added soon).
>Denise Michel

>----- Original Message -----
>From: <>
>To: <>
>Cc: <>; <>;
>Sent: Monday, March 19, 2001 9:44 AM
>Subject: Bildt must not chair ICANN study
>> Dear Denise,
>> Can you be implying that Bildt's close involvement with Bilderberg is
>> not a substantive issue? The reason I am circulating this information
>> is because Bildt's very close involvement with Bilderberg makes him
>> totally unsuitable for the job.
>> It is usual for the Chair of such a study to be seen to be impartial.
>> Bildt is a clandestine representative of the power elite.
>> I think I can fairly say there is no-one on the panel that represents
>> the interests of free speech and ordinary people
>> see
>> thanks
>> Tony

>> At Mon, 19 Mar 2001 07:56:55 -0800, you wrote:

>> >Thanks for your note. If you have substantive comments about the At
>> Large
>> >issue or believe that the ALSC membership is missing a particular
>> skillset,
>> >please send your views to
>> >
>> >Thanks.
>> >
>> >
>> >Denise Michel
>> >

ICANN Launches At Large Membership Study - Carl Bildt to Chair Study Committee

26 January 2001 (Marina del Rey, CA, USA) - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced today that it was commencing a comprehensive study of the structure of its At Large membership. The study will be conducted by an At Large Membership Study Committee that will make recommendations to ICANN's Board of Directors on how individuals can effectively participate in ICANN's policy development, deliberations and actions for technical coordination of the Internet.

Mr. Carl Bildt, the former Prime Minister of Sweden and noted United Nations envoy, will serve as Chair of the nine-member Study Committee. An international statesman and information technology advisor, Bildt's current duties include Special Envoy of the Secretary General of the United Nations to the Balkans, Member of Parliament of Sweden, and Advisor and Board Member of several Internet and technology-related corporations.

"The Board's approval of the Study Committee and Carl Bildt's selection as Chair is a demonstration of ICANN's commitment to finding an effective way for the perspectives of individuals in every country to be heard and given due consideration," said Vint Cerf, Chairman of the ICANN Board of Directors. "We are extremely fortunate to have someone with Carl Bildt's international consensus-building experience to lead this critical effort."

The Committee, which is chartered to seek input from all interested parties and to work toward a broad consensus on ICANN's At Large membership, will use multiple mechanisms for input, including public forums, mailing lists, and a public website. The Committee will encourage the participation of organizations and individuals worldwide, including the development of independent studies and analyses from across the global Internet's constituencies.

"ICANN's actions affect the whole world's Internet users, and I look forward to the challenging task of forging a consensus on the best method for representing this ever-growing constituency," said Bildt. "This will be an international co-operative effort, and I am counting on the participation of a diversity of Internet stakeholders that have an interest in ICANN to help us deliver a workable solution."

The Board invited Charles Costello and Pindar Wong to serve as the Committee's Vice-Chairs. Costello is director of the Carter Center's Democracy Program, and served as an outside monitor for ICANN's At Large elections held last year. Wong served as an ICANN Director and Vice Chairman of the Board during 1999-2000. He also is an active Internet policy leader in the Asia Pacific Region, and Chairman of VeriFi (Hong Kong) Ltd., an Internet infrastructure consultancy. The remaining members of the committee will be announced at a later date.

ICANN also announced the appointment of Denise Michel as the Committee's Executive Director. Ms. Michel has extensive experience in both private and public sector technology policy development, having served previously on the staff of the U.S. National Science Foundation, the American Electronics Association and the U.S. Department of Commerce. From 1993-95, she was Sr. Technology Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce, Mr. Ronald Brown.

Following public comment, the Board also adopted a charter for the study to ensure a consistent base of expectations on the scope and details of the study committee's work. ICANN has posted the charter on its website at


Denise Michel
+1 310 823 9358

Not so fast Tony. You’ll have to earn your keep

'What can Tony do to win a warm place on the rug near Bush's feet? ',6903,442481,00.html

The Observer (London), Sunday, February 25, 2001

Poor Tony. With the election of George W. Bush, the Prime Minister is like a poodle left behind when his owners have moved house. The poodle could try to make it on his own in the woods, but accustomed to domestication, the sorry cur realises his only hope for a bowl of Kibbles is to lick the slippers of the new masters of the House.

This week, the PM meets with the new resident of the White House, and will do his best to show he can fetch and carry. Certainly, his riding in the back of Bush's bomber to Baghdad earned him a biscuit. Unfortunately for Blair, George Bush can see right through Clinton's former pet PM. And he doesn't like what he sees.

Bush may be thick as a T-bone on a barbecue, but those he pays to think for him have told the president that Blair unsubtly supported the candidacy of Al Gore and worse, actually believes in the Clinton-Gore Third Way, which Bushites snub as a muddy trench to nowhere.

What can Tony do to win a warm place on the rug near Bush's feet? To the rescue has come an obedience trainer to explain all the PM must do: Dr Irwin Stelzer. For those of you foolish enough to believe that Stelzer, bespectacled professor and Sunday Times columnist, is just some freelance scribbler, let me set you straight. Dr Stelzer is the most powerful lobbyist in Britain bar none. He is Rupert Murdoch's policy adviser, but no lowly retainer on the payroll.

A multi-millionaire without Murdoch's help, Stelzer has become a sculptor of the thoughts and conduit of the wishes of the planet's most powerful men. 'Lobbyist' describes only one of Stelzer's functions and certainly does not do justice to his authority. To my knowledge, Stelzer is the only policy adviser who can walk into the Prime Minister's office at will. But now he won't bother.

Stelzer has determined to deliver a nasty little dressing-down to the PM in public and nail George Bush's wish list to Blair's forehead with a rusty tack.

Rather than speak to his friend Tony directly, Stelzer chose the forum of The Times to deliver the word from Bush's team. In his column on 4 January Stelzer wrote, 'Tony Blair has lost two big bets and the British people will have to pay up.'

Here are particulars on the invoice, which Stelzer makes clear were communicated to him by the new Washington powers. First, 'America will need to upgrade radar equipment at RAF Fylingdales in North Yorkshire' for the new Star Wars missile system. (Note the phrasing, 'America will need...' Forget the buddy-buddy 'we' need.) But missiles aren't money. The bill will be paid by Bush's plans for control of the UK economy.

First, says Stelzer, out of the window must go EU health restrictions on the importation of American beef. (I can't help but note that the US was the first nation to ban British beef, years before Europe acted, and continues to do so.)

Bush, rhinestone cowboy though he is, has more on his mind than cattle. The president's team, says Stelzer, are 'unhappy' with Europe's resistance to signing up to the World Trade Organisation's General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). As Blair's goal from this day forward must be Bush's happiness, let me provide a helpful guide to the GATS. Corporate America's wish list, and therefore that of the president, includes adding a 'necessity' test to Article Six of GATS.

If Bush prevails, what that means is that Europe may not impose laws and regulations on businesses unless they are 'least trade-restrictive'. Britain may have to put itself in a position similar to that of Mexico under the NAFTA treaty.

For example, the NAFTA board ordered Mexico to pay millions of dollars to an American company for delaying the building of the firm's toxic waste processing plant, although Mexico concluded the plant could pollute ground water.

The Bushies also want to extend the WTO's 'National Treatment' provisions to ensure that all public services are opened to bidding by US privateers. Want to keep the NHS public? Well, forget it, Jack!

(I should note that Peter Mandelson, always a step ahead, is already Stelzerised and GATS-ready. During Mandy's year between portfolios in 1999, he travelled to all the power points on the planet, from Aspen to Bilderberg and, notably, to the Hudson Institute in Washington DC. At ultra-right Hudson, founded by the living model for Dr Strangelove, Herman Kahn, Stelzer trains world leaders in the details of deregulating, decapitating and selling off public services.)

And Mr Blair need no longer worry about all those little holes in the ozone. Stelzer reports that>

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cretary, 'is very sceptical about the global warming scare'. Therefore, says Stelzer, Blair's job is to lay down the law to Europe and tell them to get off their 'anti-market, anti-permit-trading position'.

The White House demands that Europe back off its opposition to any restrictions on the trade in these credits for filth. The US wants to buy pollution rights from Russia and thereby relieve American industry from any need to cut ozone-depleting carbon dioxide emissions under the Kyoto Treaty.

Remember when John Prescott got caught up last year in a bitch-fight with France's environment minister? It was all about these crud credits. But now, it's away with Prescott's clownish attempts to bridge the gap between America's demands and Europe's. Rather, warns Stelzer, 'Britain is going to have to choose'. And Britain had better choose the American Way because, as Stelzer says: 'America has a new captain with an aversion to Third Way bilge.' Stelzer's former comrade at the American Enterprise Institute, Larry Lindsey, now heads Bush's council of economic advisers.

Stelzer reports that Lindsey laid down the law to one of Gordon Brown's minions that the Bush team would slice Britain right out of the trade talks power loop unless Blair agreed to join in the American push to smash EU trade controls, including the restrictions on US films and television.

Last month, Stelzer took the message against regulation of media to the Commons Culture Committee where, on behalf of News Corp, he warned the Government against maintaining restrictions on cross-media ownership.

The communications White Paper wove and waffled on the issue. Murdoch's operation wanted to make certain that government understood there would be a 'cost' for any attempt to restrict someone owning say, both a satellite broadcasting company and a terrestrial television station.

It would not be worth the Prime Minister's time to attempt to distinguish between which element of these warnings reflects Murdoch's interests, Stelzer's market philosophy or Bush's demands.

Besides, Blair is already adapting to the new order. The Financial Times reports, deadpan, that the Government 'has accepted the view that media markets have changed significantly since [the communications] legislation was devised' and that, 'there was an argument for no regulation [of ownership] because of the proliferation of new services'.

Good boy, Tony, here's a biscuit! Should Blair choose to whimper a few objections to President Bush on trade, GATS or media control, Stelzer reminds him that US Treasury Secretary O'Neill has a weak dollar pointed straight at Europe's head - and he's not afraid to pull the trigger. O'Neill favours cushioning a US recession by expanding American exports at Europe's expense.

So there were quite a few policy tricks for the Prime Minister to learn before his brief minutes with the new Leader of the Free World. In a pinch, Blair can always return to the routine that he regularly practised with Bill Clinton -- roll over and play dead.

Gregory Palast's column "Inside Corporate America" appears fortnightly in The Observer's Business section. Nominated Business Writer of the Year (UK Press Association - 2000), Investigative Story of the Year (Industrial. Society - 1999), Financial Times David Thomas Prize (1998).

Palast's other investigative reports can be found at where you can also subscribe to Palast's columns

The Observer (London),6903,442481,00.html

January 2001 - Book about Bilderberg ‘delayed’ - Private Capacity by Renata Adler

US publishers: Perseus

Available from Amazon and most online bookshops - IF it is ever published!

Public Affairs publishing are sending out mixed messages about the publication of 'Private Capacity' latest information first here: {TG}

01 Feb 01 - Message 2

From: "Taft, Gene" <>
Subject: FW: Renato's book

Mr. Gosling,

I'm not certain, but I think you are referring to Renata Adler's forthcoming book on the Bilderberg conferences. If that is the case, the book is currently scheduled for publication in June 2002 and it is therefore significantly premature for Ms. Adler to give interviews.

Gene Taft
Director of Publicity

212/397-6666 x234

02 Jan 01 - Message 1

Mr. Tony Gosling,

The publication of Renata Adler's Private Capacity, a book about the Bilderberg group, has been postponed. The author is still writing but a new publication date has not yet been set.

Robert Kimzey
Managing Editor
Public Affairs

Private Capacity - publisher’s description

by Renata Adler

The first serious study of the ultra-secretive Bilderberg Conferences and their role in the modern world. In 1954, a group of leaders of the Western World held a secret meeting in Holland that would lead to the formation of the Bilderberg group. That meeting included officials from the United States and from two countries, Germany and Italy, which were defeated in World War II, and which were participating for the first time on an equal basis with other European powers.

Since that first meeting Bilderberg has included presidents, Prime Ministers, bankers, princes, tycoons, labor leaders, secretaries of state, NATO commanders, ambassadors, and others whose occupations are not widely known. Media barons and journalists are often invited. But only if they agree to keep secret who was there and what was said. Bilderberg has been characterized as an elite think tank or an International Establishment, an elaborate social and business network, or a conspiracy that actually runs the world.

This book addresses, for the first time, the true history of the organization, its participants and effects. With a cache of Bilderberg archives, secretly turned over to the author by a few senior leaders of the Bilderberg, the book describes the organization, and discusses who has been involved and when. It shows connections that exist and connections that--despite rumor, and a virtual obsession of the extreme left and right--do not. It explains how Bilderberg has changed, and in what ways it may have changed the world. The author also analyses questions raised by clubs, cabals, exclusive and secret or not-secret groups of every sort.

About the Author

Educated at Bryn Mawr, Harvard, the Sorbonne and Yale Law School, Renata Adler has had an unrivalled career as a reporter, novelist and short story writer. She was for many years on the staff of The New Yorker. She has also been the chief film critic of The New York Times. She won prizes for her novels, essays and short stories. She is a member of the National Academy of Arts and Letters. Her most recent book is Gone: The Last Days of the New Yorker.

Hardcover - 288 pages

Publishers: Public Affairs

ISBN: 1891620908

Imagine yourselves to be dictators of Europe’

The Single Market programme was the 1980's relaunch of the economic and ultimately political integration of Europe. Father of the EU, Jean Monnet, had always felt it crucial to rein back big business. The success of the single market programme turned this policy on its head. The relaunch document (see below) was prepared by Philips Industries in Holland and researched by unnamed Philips staff. The staff were told to "imagine yourselves to be dictators of Europe."

Few realise how pivotal the 2001 Bilderberg chairman, Viscount Etienne Davignon, was in this process. As European Commissioner for Industry and the Internal Market from 1977 to 1980 he looked for ways to put big business in the driving seat of European policy. In 1985, as Industry Commissioner, he challenged Pehr Gyllenhammar, CEO of Volvo, (also administrator of United Technologies, Vice President of the Aspen Institute and one of the five partners of Kissinger Associates) to organise a group of the top European businessmen to lobby the Commission. Davignon argued that the Commission would be obliged to respond to the demands of some of the largest European industrialists. The Gyllenhammar group was to become the highly influential European Round Table of Industrialists or ERT, drawing up policy for Europe.

Extract from: “The Politics of Big Business in the Single Market Program”, by Maria L. Green, The American University, Visiting Fellow, CSIA, Harvard University.

School of International Service, The American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20016.

Paper presented for the European Community Studies Association, Third Biennial International Conference, May 27 1993, Washington DC.

This is an essential document for anyone curious about the origins of the present policies and direction of the European Union. The above paper has the following structure. The opening section of the most relevant chapter, IV, is reproduced below.

I. The Early Years: The Rise of the Multinationals in EC Policymaking
II. The Origins of the ERT: Setting the Agenda for a New Europe
III. The ERT and the French Connection
IV. The Dekker Paper, the Political Agenda and a Constituency for Delors
V. The Delors Commission's Policy Alternative and the Eurpean Council Vote
VI. Ensuring the SEA's Implementation: The Internal Market Support Group (Committee)
VII. Conclusions

IV. The Dekker Paper, the Political Agenda and a Constituency for Delors - extract

Repackaging the message: The Dekker Paper

On January 11, 1985, in Brussels, Wisse Dekker, CEO of Phillips, unveiled a plan, "Europe 1990", before an audience of 500 people including many of the newly appointed EC commissioners. The plan laid out in precise terms the steps needed in four key areas - trade facilitation (elimination of border formalities), opening up of public procurement markets, harmonization of technical standards, and fiscal harmonization (elimination of the fiscal VAT frontiers) -- to open up a European Market in five years.

For the first time a plan was produced which identified some 50 measures needed to eliminate non-tariff barriers to trade and to relaunch the European Market. The Dekker paper was revolutionary -- not only because it was proposed by the head of a major multinational, but because it produced what had escaped national and European policymakers -- a simple plan for a unified market.

The Dekker paper was an internal Philips project led by Dekker's government affairs representative in Brussels, Coen Ramaer. It was the result of the company's growing dissatisfaction with the inability of government officials -- national or EC -- to produce a concrete proposal for a European market. While Mitterrand was promoting an industrial initiative, there were no specifics to the French President's plan. Moreover, when the Commission did produce a comprehensive package of proposals in late 1984, there was no outpouring of support for the initiative.

The Commission document developed by Commissioner Narjes listed hundreds of pre-existing pieces of legislation -- ranging from standardisation to social actions to environmental issues -- deemed necessary for the creation of an internal market. Business leaders, while pleased that a package was produced, found the Commission package "unwieldy" and lacking "a precise time-table." Moreover, there was no strategy to ensure its implementation and no rationale for industrial growth. It became apparent to the heads of multinationals that industry needed to produce its own concrete program.

With Dekker's support, Ramaer assembled four Philips experts who had long dealt with the four key areas later outlined in the Dekker speech. As Ramaer explains, he instructed the men to:

"imagine yourselves to be dictators of Europe and that you have decided that the job must be done in five years. And they [the experts] started out "but this is impossible! Be realistic!" And I told them that I couldn't care less if we were realistic or not.

Once they had picked up this idea, they found it fascinating. And they discovered that it could be done -- given the political will, of course." [Interview, September 24th 1992]

Some of the experts set up informal meetings with their counterparts in the Commission to discuss the project and to hammer out key problems. Dekker stressed to Ramaer that the proposals had to be complete -- he did not want the outcome to be simply another speech on the necessity of European integration.

"Europe 1990" was not simply another speech. In addition to introducing a precise agenda, the paper introduced a number of new conceptualisations of what a unified European market might entail. In the trade facilitation area, for example, the "ultimate goal" of the plan was to create "frontiers without formalities for goods traffic and the replacement of paper documents by data transmission via a telecommunications network used by traders, transporters, banks and statistical and tax authorities..."

Of course, to implement this strategy, member states would also be required to allow for the development of a trans-European telecommunications network. The paper left little doubt of the importance of creating a united European market. As Dekker noted in his introduction: "The survival of Europe is in fact at stake."

When the "Europe 1990" plan was presented, it was not for Brussels' consumption alone. Dekker sent the plan, along with a letter, to the heads of government and state of the European Community.

One letter went to The Rt Hon Margaret Thatcher, January 7th 1985, from Dr. Wisse Dekker. The letter opens as follows "Europe's industries - both large and small - will have little future if the common market is not created as intended by the Treaties of Rome. This we all know..." Dekker concludes by submitting "these proposals for the consideration of you and your government, hoping that you will promote the action necessary to get Europe out of the deadlock in which it has been for a number of years. You will agree that this is an urgent matter. There is little time left to correct the consequences of a lack of dynamism in the past decade.

[from footnote - Margaret Thatcher refused to meet with ERT who were promoting 'Europe 2000'.]


Grattan and I thoroughly recommend this book The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives by Zbigniew Brzezinski - just get on and read it! You won't be too surprised to hear that the chessboard is in fact the Eurasian continent!

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