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Big names for secretive Bilderberg summit

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Big names for secretive Bilderberg summit
The luxury Interalpen Hotel. Photo: alpenluxus.com
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A list of participants has been published ahead of the highly secretive annual Bilderberg conference which takes place this week at the Interalpen Hotel near Innsbruck in Austria’s Tyrol region.

Bankers, royalty, finance ministers, prime ministers, past and current US Congress and parliament members, media moguls, technology gurus, CEOs and think-tankers are among the 140 guests from 22 countries who will meet between June 11th and 14th.

Guests include Paul M. Achleitner, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank, the Tyrolean property investor Rene Benko, Shell manager Ben van Beurden, the founder and editor of Austria’s Standard newspaper Oscar Bronner, the CEO of the French insurance group AXA, Henri de Castries, the Chairman of the Euro Group and Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Austrian President Heinz Fischer, Siemens Austria CEO Wolfgang Hesoun, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the CEO of Austrian oil and gas giant OMV, Gerhard Roiss, Ryanair chairman Michael O'Leary and Google chairman Eric Schmidt. Read the full list of guests here. 

An elite anti-terrorism squad under the command of Austria’s Interior Ministry will be part of Bilderberg’s notoriously tight security. The conference usually attracts protesters and journalists, and a large protest march is expected on the afternoon of June 13th, starting in Telfs square and making its way through the town.  

Some 2,100 police officers will be on duty throughout the conference. The L35 road from Telfs to the Interalpen Hotel will be closed, and the area around the hotel will be a no-fly zone.

Austrian Greens MP Peter Pilz has criticized the enormous security measures, which will be footed by taxpayers.

According to the Bilderberg website, topics on this year’s agenda include artificial intelligence, cyber security, the threat of chemical weapons, European strategy, globalization, Greece, Iran, the Middle East, Russia and the threat of terrorism.

The conference bills itself as a forum for informal discussions on issues of global relevance. During the meeting the so-called ‘Chatham House Rule’ applies, which gives participants the right to use any of the information exchanged during the conference. However, neither the identity nor any other information about particular speakers or participants may be disclosed.

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