June 6, 2012
The secretive annual Bilderberg conference of the global elite has inspired a host of conspiracy theories. Now a senior German Green Party politician is under fire for attending this year’s event. Many greens are asking what he was doing schmoozing with business and financial leaders.
Industry leaders from around the globe, heads of government and leaders of organizations such as the World Bank and the World Trade Organization gathered over the weekend in Chantilly, Virginia for the 60th edition of the fabled Bilderberg conference on finance and foreign affairs. The list of participants reads like a global who’s who of the rich and powerful. Outgoing Deutsche Bank CEO Josef Ackermann was there, as was Shell CEO Peter Voser, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann.
Jürgen Trittin, co-floor leader of the Green Party in German parliament, was also in attendance.
Now Trittin has found himself having to defend his participation after many people asked what a Green Party leader — one who represents the left wing of his party, no less — was doing at the secretive annual gathering. The politician, who is perhaps best known internationally for his controversial 2005 comments on Hurricane Katrina while environment minister, has been the subject of a flood of criticism since his return from the US.
An Informal World Government?
The German business news magazine Wirtschaftswoche has described the Bilderberg conference, which takes place at a different location each year, as “the most admired circle of power.” Critics of globalization, including many Green Party supporters, would rather describe it as the most dangerous circle of power. For them, the exclusive, invitation-only meetings, named after the Hotel de Bilderberg where the first conference was held in 1954, represent a kind of informal, non-democratic world government.
This article was posted: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 8:50 am