Saturday, June 9, 2018

Bilderberg 2018: Welcome to the Super Bowl of Corporate Lobbying

In my 10 years of covering Bilderberg I’ve never had a gun pulled on me, but I’ve been surrounded by a circle of yelling cops, been taken out of my room by armed police at 1 ia.m. and made to stand under a searchlight for half an hour, and I’ve tussled with an undercover Greek policeman in the Athens underground. It’s been fun.

The publicity-shy Bilderberg summit is a three-day policy forum, attended by senior politicians, central bankers, elite financiers and the heads of some of the world’s largest companies. It is run by the Vice Chairman of Nestlé, Henri de Castries, who is also on the board of HSBC.

The G7 pampers its vast army of reporters with free food and booze. At Bilderberg, the only journalists who get a free buffet are the ones actually taking part in the conference. Every year, a select group of friendly columnists and editors are invited to attend Bilderberg.

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