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Controversial Bilderberg meeting slated for Tyrol

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Likely venue of Bilderberger 2015. Photo: Interalpen Hotel
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The annual conference of the controversial Bilderberg Group meeting will take place in Austria in 2015, according to a report from the Global Research newsletter.

The report claims that the yearly transatlantic summit will be held at the Interalpen Hotel in Tyrol, and will be attended by senior politicians, bank bosses and large company heads.  Their last secretive meeting was held in Copenhagen in May of this year.

The Bilderberg was formed in 1954 and first met at the Hotel de Bilderberg near Arnhem in the Netherlands. Since then its meetings, held annually either in Europe or North America, bring together representatives of power elites within business, the media and politics.

The Interalpen Hotel is a "five-star conference centre" in a remote location in mountain forests close to the Seefeld Ski resort, with Innsbruck being the nearest airport.  It is owned by the Liebherr Group, a Swiss-based manufacturer and industrial conglomerate.

Global Research reports that  “the hotel lies at an altitude of 1,300 metres in an exclusive setting in the Tyrolean Alps and offers panoramic views of magnificent mountain peaks.” The isolated, Eagle’s Nest style venue has a 400-capacity conference centre with “a magnificent Alpine backdrop” and state-of-the-art conference facilities.

A reporter who contacted Tyrolean police for confirmation was told "we know", but they could not offer any details about police security requirements. The likely dates will be in the first or second week of June.

The large security costs associated with the Bilderberg Group event are usually borne by the taxpayer, according to a blogger source.

“The Bilderberg was a product of its time, with a significance in the Cold War and the emergence of NATO. Its members still share a common commitment to the Anglo-Saxon business and governance frameworks,” said Dr. Ian Richardson, a visiting professor at Stockholm University's School of Business and author of a forthcoming book on The Bilderberg Group.

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The secretive meetings usually attract protesters who oppose what they see as back-room deals that link military and political power with unpopular economic choices and political opportunists.  In previous years, throngs of protesters have attempted to greet summit attendees.

Participants at the 2014 conference in Copenhagen included: the UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne MP; Paul Achleitner, the Chairman of Deutsche Bank; Stephen Poloz, the Governor of the Bank of England; Robert Dudley, the Group Chief Executive of BP; Eric Schmidt, the Executive Chairman of Google; Douglas Flint, the Group Chairman of HSBC; Christine Lagarde, the head of the IMF; and Peter Sutherland, the Chairman of Goldman Sachs International.

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