China’s Leading Credit Rating Agency Strips Western Nations of AAA Status

China’s leading credit rating agency has stripped America, Britain, Germany and France of their AAA ratings, accusing Anglo-Saxon competitors of ideological bias in favour of the West.

Beijing office buildings – Chinese rating agency strips Western nations of AAA status (AFP)

Dagong Global Credit Rating Co used its first foray into sovereign debt to paint a revolutionary picture of creditworthiness around the world, giving much greater weight to “wealth creating capacity” and foreign reserves than Fitch, Standard & Poor’s, or Moody’s.

The US falls to AA, while Britain and France slither down to AA-. Belgium, Spain, Italy are ranked at A- along with Malaysia.

Meanwhile, China rises to AA+ with Germany, the Netherlands and Canada, reflecting its €2.4 trillion (£2 trillion) reserves and a blistering growth rate of 8pc to 10pc a year.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, chief of the International Monetary Fund, agreed on Monday that the rising East is a transforming global force. “Asia’s time has come,” he said.

The IMF expects Asia to grow by 7.7pc in 2010, vastly outpacing the eurozone at 1pc and the US at 3.3pc. Emerging nations hold 75pc of the world’s $8.4 trillion (£5.6 trillion) of reserves.

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World Cup: Paul, the Psychic Octopus, Gets Death Threats After Predicting Spain Win Over Germany

Added: 8. July 2010

A psychic German octopus called ‘Paul’ could find himself on the menu if frustrated football fans get their way.

Famous for predicting world cup winners, he has a 100 percent record following Spain’s defeat over Germany yesterday.

But now his owner has received death threats and even recipe suggestions from football supporters who have found their teams on the wrong side of his predictive powers.

Paul will no doubt suck up the pressure ahead of Germany’s game against Uruguay this Saturday.

Oracle Paul ‘Psychic’ Octopus puts Spain, not Germany to WC final

Added: 6. July 2010

Football’s psychic sea creature – Paul The Octopus – is making yet another World Cup prediction.

But this time, the eight-tentacled oracle is betting on Spain winning the semi-final against his home country, Germany.

Paul has a perfect record when it comes to predicting the outcome of Germany’s World Cup matches.

So fans better keep their fingers crossed for Wednesday’s clash.

The psychic cephalopod’s even gained a few worldwide followers of his own.

And there’s no truth to the rumour that if Paul turns out to be right this time, he could end up on the sushi menu.

Germany takes legal steps against Facebook


BERLIN (AP) — A German data protection official has filed a legal complaint against Facebook, saying people have been griping that their private information was saved by the personal networking site without their knowledge or consent.

Johannes Caspar said Wednesday that his Hamburg data protection office has taken legal steps against Facebook which could result in it being fined for saving private information of individuals who don’t use the site and haven’t granted it access to their details.

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Elite puppet financier George Soros tells Germany to step up to its responsibilities, or leave EMU


THE euro is on the verge of a collapse that could drag Europe into conflict, billionaire financier George Soros warned yesterday.

The veteran investor said massive budget cuts proposed by Germany could destabilise the European Union by dragging down its neighbours’ economies.

He said: “German policy is a danger for Europe. Unfortunately, a collapse of the euro and the European project cannot be ruled out.

“That would be tragic because then Europe would be threatened by the sort of conflicts between states that have shaped European history.”

And of course the Germans would be to blame for this!

So step up Germany and follow the plans of the elitists to loot the taxpayers (everywhere) until there is nothing left with unconstitutional bailouts and quantitative easing.

Legendary investor George Soros has called on Germany to leave the euro unless it is willing to embrace a growth strategy, describing Berlin’s austerity doctrine as a threat to democracy and political stability in Europe.

George Soros tells Germany to step up to its responsibilities, or leave EMU
George Soros tells Germany to step up to its responsibilities, or leave EMU

“German policy is becoming a danger that could destroy the European Project. A collapse of the euro cannot be excluded,” he told the German weekly Die Zeit.

“Unless Germany changes policy, its withdrawal from the currency union would be helpful for the rest of Europe. At the moment Germany is pushing its neighbours into deflation: this threatens a long phase of stagnation, leading to nationalism, social unrest, and zenophobia. It endangers democracy,” he said.

Mr Soros saw the political effects of wage cuts first-hand during the Great Depression, and narrowly survived the Holocaust as a Jewish boy in Nazi-controlled Budapest. He has since dedicated much of his wealth to philanthropic works promoting freedom and pluralism (ROFL!) across the globe, mostly through Open Society institutes.

Philanthropic works: Top billionaire club in bid to curb overpopulation (Times)

His comments reflect growing alarm in influential circles on both sides of the Atlantic over the 1930s-style policies of wage cuts and debt-deflation being imposed up the Club Med bloc, Ireland, and parts of Eastern Europe by the EU authorities, at the behest of Berlin.

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Germany Takes Stand against Patents on Plants and Animals: ‘Limits We Should Not Cross’

The problem started with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case Diamond v. Chakrabarty (1980). Suddenly it was OK to patent life forms, were before life forms were considered a part of nature and were not patentable.

This ruling lead to corporations patenting the genes of everything they can think of that could later on bring them profit.

Should conventional breeding techniques be patentable?

German Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner has spoken out against the patenting of varieties of livestock and plants. Her comments come as the European Patent Office prepares to rule in a test case with far-reaching implications for biological patents in Europe.

The German government wants to prevent the patenting of agricultural livestock and plants. “There are limits that we should not cross,” Germany’s Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection Ilse Aigner told SPIEGEL. In order to preserve genetic variety, farmers and breeders should not be handcuffed by biological patents, she argues.

Aigner, who is a member of the conservative Christian Social Union, the Bavarian sister party to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, wants to make European rules regarding biological patents more precise. Although the agriculture minister does not oppose the patenting of new breeding procedures, she argues that the resulting whole organisms should not be patentable.

She is supported in her position by the parliamentary group of the opposition center-left Social Democrats (SPD). The SPD even goes one step further, arguing that neither conventional breeding methods nor whole organisms should be patentable.

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And Now Financial Scandals: The Hidden Wealth Of The Catholic Church

See also:

The Intelligence² Debate – Stephen Fry: ‘The Catholic Church is Not a Force For Good in the World’

Joachim Meisner
Cologne Cardinal Joachim Meisner, whose monthly stipend of 11,300 euros is paid by the government under a centuries-old agreement. Meisner and many of his fellow ministers aren’t the only ones to receive public stipends. Year after year, both the Catholic Church and the Protestant Church in Germany receive generous payments from the federal, state and local governments. There are the proceeds from the church tax amounting to about 10 billion euros a year, but less well known are the annual subsidies to the church, both direct and indirect, which in the year 2000 amounted to an estimated 17 billion euros.

Part 1: The Hidden Wealth of the Catholic Church

The Catholic Church in Germany, already struggling to cope with the sex abuse scandal, has been hit by revelations of theft, opaque accounting and extravagance. While the grassroots faithful are being forced to make cutbacks, some bishops enjoy the trappings of the church’s considerable hidden wealth.

Shortly before Pentecost, Pastor S. received an unexpected early morning visit, not from the Holy Ghost, but from the police.

For the authorities, the words of the Gospel of Luke came true on that morning: He who seeks finds. More than €131,000 ($158,000) were hidden in various places in the rooms of the Catholic priest, tucked in between his laundry or attached to the bottom of drawers. The reverend was arrested on the spot. After several weeks in custody, Hans S., 76, is now back at the monastery, waiting for his trial.

And lo and behold, the proliferation of cash may have been even more miraculous than initially assumed. The public prosecutor’s office in the southern city of Würzburg now estimates that S. may have embezzled up to €1.5 million from collections and other church funds. The members of his flock in a wine-growing village in the northern Bavarian region of Franconia are stunned. They had blindly trusted their shepherd, who always seemed so humble and modest.

The Catholic Church is currently being shaken by a number of financial scandals, not only in Franconia but also in Augsburg, another Bavarian city, where Bishop Walter Mixa’s dip into funds from a foundation that runs children’s homes recently made headlines.

More than €40 million have gone missing in the Diocese of Magdeburg in eastern Germany, €5 million have disappeared in Limburg near Frankfurt, and it was recently discovered that a senior priest in the Diocese of Münster had 30 secret bank accounts. And while parishes throughout Germany are cutting jobs and funds for community work, many bishops are still living on the high horse. A brand-new residence? An ostentatious home for their retirement? Restoration of a Marian column to the tune of €120,000? None of these expenditures presents a problem to high-ranking church officials from Trier in the west to Passau in the southeastern corner of Bavaria, whose coffers are brimming with cash.

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Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court Considers Unconstitutional Euro Bailout


This unconstitutional bailout is not about rescuing the euro or helping the people of Greece.

It is a bailout for the banksters, looting the people (especially the Germans):

Former Bundesbank Head Karl Otto Pöhl: Bailout Plan Is All About ‘Rescuing Banks and Rich Greeks’:

Added to this is the fact that, against all its vows, and against an explicit ban within its own constitution, the European Central Bank (ECB) has become involved in financing states.

France’s Europe Minister Pierre Lellouche: Eurozone Bailout Violates EU Laws:

In an interview with the Financial Times, Pierre Lellouche laid bare the French government’s conviction that the emergency stabilisation scheme agreed earlier this month amounted to a fundamental revision of the European Union’s rules and a leap towards an economic government for the bloc.

“It is an enormous change,” Mr Lellouche said. “It explains some of the reticence.

It is expressly forbidden in the treaties by the famous no bail-out clause. De facto, we have changed the treaty,” he added.

Germany’s Bundesbank: Greek Rescue as a Threat to Economic Stability and Probably Illegal; Calls IMF ‘Inflation Maximising Fund’:

The Bundesbank document offers a withering critique of the deal agreed by EU leaders two weeks ago, saying the plan had been cobbled together without consulting central banks and will lead to monetisation of debt. “It brings problems in respect to stability policy that should not be underestimated.”

The joint rescue between the IMF and the EU would turn the Bundesbank into a “money-printing machine” for the purchase of Greek bonds, according to Rundschau. This would breach the EU’s ‘no-bail clause’.

Is there a solution for Greece? Sure:

German Professors Challenge Greek Bailout Legislation, Declare it Unconstitutional

Max Keiser on Greece: ‘The IMF is a Financial Mafia’

The Solution For Greece (Max Keiser, Matt Taibbi and Catherine Austin Fitts)

And the banksters, not the people, would have to eat the losses.

German High Court Considers Euro Bailout: Is the Rescue Package Constitutional?

Protesters in Athens: If Germany’s highest court issues a temporary injunction on loan guarantees, it could push Greece to the brink.

A handful of challenges have been filed in Germany’s high court against the 750 billion euro bailout package agreed to in Brussels. The government in Berlin argues the deal was a “political statement” and not a binding international agreement.

There are many who raised their eyebrows when the European Union agreed last month to create a €750 billion war chest to help prop up the euro. Many were concerned that it might violate EU rules on direct aid among member states.

In Germany, however, the package has attracted the attention of the country’s highest court, the Federal Constitutional Court. It is currently considering whether to issue a temporary injunction against the country’s contribution to the planned rescue package. If the court rules to issue the injunction, it could temporarily ban the government in Berlin from activating German credit guarantees — at least until the court can rule on their legality.

SPIEGEL reported this weekend that Andreas Vosskuhle, president of the Karlsruhe-based Constitutional Court, sent a letter to the chancellor, her ministers, parliament, the German president, all state governments, as well as the European Central Bank and Germany’s central bank, the Bundesbank, requesting statements addressing a request for a temporary injunction. The request was made by Peter Gauweiler, a member of the German parliament with the conservative Christian Social Union, the sister party to Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats.

His request hardly comes as a surprise. In 2009, Gauweiler filed a suit against the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, which set the stage for wide-ranging European Union reforms, in what became a partially successful challenge. The court ruled that the German parliament must play a greater role in Germany’s decision-making at the EU level — a ruling that could have wide-reaching implications for future European integration.

Multiple Constitutional Challenges

Addressing Gauweiler’s latest constitutional complaint, Berlin said that if the injunction is issued, it could directly result in a Greek bankruptcy. The government also stated that the euro rescue package agreed to by the EU member states in Brussels was “not a legally binding international agreement, but merely a political statement.”

In addition to the complaint by Gauweiler, Constitutional Court officials have confirmed that three further cases have been submitted against the euro rescue package. At some point this week, German constitutional lawyer and financial expert Markus Kerber and his supporters also plan to submit a constitutional complaint. Kerber and his co-plaintiffs want the court to determine whether the German law passed by the Bundestag approving the euro bailout complies with the country’s own constitution. The legislation covers Germany’s share of the bailout, roughly €148 billion in credit guarantees.

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Bilderberg Merkel presents the bill for the bankster bailouts: Germany’s largest programme of public sector cuts

All to bailout a few banksters. This is not about helping the people of Greece:

The ECB’s Greek Exposure Is Bigger Than Its Own Capital and Reserves Of (Only) €77.3 Billion

Former Bundesbank Head Karl Otto Pöhl: Bailout Plan Is All About ‘Rescuing Banks and Rich Greeks’

ECB Buying Up Greek Bonds; German Central Bankers Suspect French Intrigue

France’s Europe Minister Pierre Lellouche: Eurozone Bailout Violates EU Laws

Angela Merkel unveils Germany’s largest programme of public sector cuts

Freemason Angela Merkel

Germany seems to be heading for a summer of unrest after Angela Merkel announced what she described as the country’s largest programme of public sector cuts.

The package, agreed after two days of Cabinet discussion, amounts to slashing the budget by €80 billion (£66 billion) between now and 2014. The aim is to ensure that Germany meets the euro-stability pact criteria for public borrowing by 2013.

“The last two days have entailed a unique act of exertion,” the Chancellor said when she presented what the German press is already calling her “list of horrors”.

“The crisis in Greece has shown us the importance of good housekeeping,” Ms Merkel added. “Germany has a responsibility to set a good example.”

For 2011 Germany has promised cuts of €11.2 billion, with another €2 billion having to be found to prop up the state health insurance fund. By 2013 the cuts will reach €23.7 billion.

“Over the last years we have lived beyond our means,” said Guido Westerwelle, the head of the Free Democrats and Ms Merkel’s coalition partner.

The cuts will include redundancy for more than 10,000 civil servants working for federal ministries, a scaling down of welfare payments and the loss of about 40,000 jobs from the Army. Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, the Defence Minister, has been ordered to prepare proposals by September. He favours suspending conscription and closing barracks but this may not be enough to bring the hefty savings demanded of him.

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Bilderberg 2010: Final (Official) List of Participants

Bilderberg Meetings
Sitges, Spain 3-6 June 2010

Final List of Participants

Honorary Chairman BEL Davignon, Etienne Vice Chairman, Suez-Tractebel

DEU Ackermann, Josef Chairman of the Management Board and the Group Executive Committee, Deutsche Bank AG
GBR Agius, Marcus Chairman, Barclays Bank PLC
ESP Alierta, César Chairman and CEO, Telefónica
INT Almunia, Joaquín Commissioner, European Commission
USA Altman, Roger C. Chairman, Evercore Partners Inc.
USA Arrison, Sonia Author and policy analyst
SWE Bäckström, Urban Director General, Confederation of Swedish Enterprise
PRT Balsemão, Francisco Pinto Chairman and CEO, IMPRESA, S.G.P.S.; Former Prime Minister
ITA Bernabè, Franco CEO, Telecom Italia S.p.A.
SWE Bildt, Carl Minister of Foreign Affairs
FIN Blåfield, Antti Senior Editorial Writer, Helsingin Sanomat
ESP Botín, Ana P. Executive Chairman, Banesto
NOR Brandtzæg, Svein Richard CEO, Norsk Hydro ASA
AUT Bronner, Oscar Publisher and Editor, Der Standard
TUR Çakir, Ruşen Journalist
CAN Campbell, Gordon Premier of British Columbia
ESP Carvajal Urquijo, Jaime Managing Director, Advent International
FRA Castries, Henri de Chairman of the Management Board and CEO, AXA
ESP Cebrián, Juan Luis CEO, PRISA
ESP Cisneros, Gustavo A. Chairman and CEO, Cisneros Group of Companies
CAN Clark, W. Edmund President and CEO, TD Bank Financial Group
USA Collins, Timothy C. Senior Managing Director and CEO, Ripplewood Holdings, LLC
ITA Conti, Fulvio CEO and General Manager, Enel SpA
GRC David, George A. Chairman, Coca-Cola H.B.C. S.A.
DNK Eldrup, Anders CEO, DONG Energy
ITA Elkann, John Chairman, Fiat S.p.A.
DEU Enders, Thomas CEO, Airbus SAS
ESP Entrecanales, José M. Chairman, Acciona
DNK Federspiel, Ulrik Vice President Global Affairs, Haldor Topsøe A/S
USA Feldstein, Martin S. George F. Baker Professor of Economics, Harvard University
USA Ferguson, Niall Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University
AUT Fischer, Heinz Federal President
IRL Gallagher, Paul Attorney General
USA Gates, William H. Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Chairman, Microsoft Corporation
USA Gordon, Philip H. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs
USA Graham, Donald E. Chairman and CEO, The Washington Post Company
INT Gucht, Karel de Commissioner, European Commission
TUR Gürel, Z. Damla Special Adviser to the President on EU Affairs
NLD Halberstadt, Victor Professor of Economics, Leiden University; Former Honorary Secretary General of Bilderberg Meetings
USA Holbrooke, Richard C. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan
NLD Hommen, Jan H.M. Chairman, ING Group
USA Hormats, Robert D. Under Secretary for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs
BEL Huyghebaert, Jan Chairman of the Board of Directors, KBC Group
USA Johnson, James A. Vice Chairman, Perseus, LLC
FIN Katainen, Jyrki Minister of Finance
USA Keane, John M. Senior Partner, SCP Partners
GBR Kerr, John Member, House of Lords; Deputy Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell plc.
USA Kissinger, Henry A. Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
USA Kleinfeld, Klaus Chairman and CEO, Alcoa
TUR Koç, Mustafa V. Chairman, Koç Holding A.Ş.
USA Kravis, Henry R. Founding Partner, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
USA Kravis, Marie-Josée Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, Inc.
INT Kroes, Neelie Commissioner, European Commission
USA Lander, Eric S. President and Director, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT
FRA Lauvergeon, Anne Chairman of the Executive Board, AREVA
ESP León Gross, Bernardino Secretary General, Office of the Prime Minister
DEU Löscher, Peter Chairman of the Board of Management, Siemens AG
NOR Magnus, Birger Chairman, Storebrand ASA
CAN Mansbridge, Peter Chief Correspondent, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
USA Mathews, Jessica T. President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
CAN McKenna, Frank Deputy Chair, TD Bank Financial Group
GBR Micklethwait, John Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
FRA Montbrial, Thierry de President, French Institute for International Relations
ITA Monti, Mario President, Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi
INT Moyo, Dambisa F. Economist and Author
USA Mundie, Craig J. Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Microsoft Corporation
NOR Myklebust, Egil Former Chairman of the Board of Directors SAS, Norsk Hydro ASA
USA Naím, Moisés Editor-in-Chief, Foreign Policy
NLD Netherlands, H.M. the Queen of the
ESP Nin Génova, Juan María President and CEO, La Caixa
DNK Nyrup Rasmussen, Poul Former Prime Minister
GBR Oldham, John National Clinical Lead for Quality and Productivity
FIN Ollila, Jorma Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell plc
USA Orszag, Peter R. Director, Office of Management and Budget
TUR Özilhan, Tuncay Chairman, Anadolu Group
ITA Padoa-Schioppa, Tommaso Former Minister of Finance; President of Notre Europe
GRC Papaconstantinou, George Minister of Finance
USA Parker, Sean Managing Partner, Founders Fund
USA Pearl, Frank H. Chairman and CEO, Perseus, LLC
USA Perle, Richard N. Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
ESP Polanco, Ignacio Chairman, Grupo PRISA
CAN Prichard, J. Robert S. President and CEO, Metrolinx
FRA Ramanantsoa, Bernard Dean, HEC Paris Group
PRT Rangel, Paulo Member, European Parliament
CAN Reisman, Heather M. Chair and CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.
SWE Renström, Lars President and CEO, Alfa Laval
NLD Rinnooy Kan, Alexander H.G. Chairman, Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER)
ITA Rocca, Gianfelice Chairman, Techint
ESP Rodriguez Inciarte, Matías Executive Vice Chairman, Grupo Santander
USA Rose, Charlie Producer, Rose Communications
USA Rubin, Robert E. Co-Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Secretary of the Treasury
TUR Sabanci Dinçer, Suzan Chairman, Akbank
ITA Scaroni, Paolo CEO, Eni S.p.A.
USA Schmidt, Eric CEO and Chairman of the Board, Google
AUT Scholten, Rudolf Member of the Board of Executive Directors, Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG
DEU Scholz, Olaf Vice Chairman, SPD
INT Sheeran, Josette Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme
INT Solana Madariaga, Javier Former Secretary General, Council of the European Union
ESP Spain, H.M. the Queen of
USA Steinberg, James B. Deputy Secretary of State
INT Stigson, Björn President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
USA Summers, Lawrence H. Director, National Economic Council
IRL Sutherland, Peter D. Chairman, Goldman Sachs International
GBR Taylor, J. Martin Chairman, Syngenta International AG
PRT Teixeira dos Santos, Fernando Minister of State and Finance
USA Thiel, Peter A. President, Clarium Capital Management, LLC
GRC Tsoukalis, Loukas President, ELIAMEP
INT Tumpel-Gugerell, Gertrude Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank
USA Varney, Christine A. Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust
CHE Vasella, Daniel L. Chairman, Novartis AG
USA Volcker, Paul A. Chairman, Economic Recovery Advisory Board
CHE Voser, Peter CEO, Royal Dutch Shell plc
FIN Wahlroos, Björn Chairman, Sampo plc
CHE Waldvogel, Francis A. Chairman, Novartis Venture Fund
SWE Wallenberg, Jacob Chairman, Investor AB
NLD Wellink, Nout President, De Nederlandsche Bank
USA West, F.J. Bing Author
GBR Williams, Shirley Member, House of Lords
USA Wolfensohn, James D. Chairman, Wolfensohn & Company, LLC
ESP Zapatero, José Luis Rodríguez Prime Minister
DEU Zetsche, Dieter Chairman, Daimler AG
INT Zoellick, Robert B. President, The World Bank Group

GBR Bredow, Vendeline von Business Correspondent, The Economist
GBR Wooldridge, Adrian D. Business Correspondent, The Economist

Source: Bilderberg Meetings

See also:

Spanish PM to Open Secretive Bilderberg Club Meeting in Sitges

Bilderberg 2010: The Shadowy Global Elite Is Meeting In Sitges

Bilderberg investigation revealed to European Parliament

The Elitist Takeover of Poland: IMF’s Marek Belka, Polish Ex-PM and Bilderberg Member Proposed as Polish Central Bank Head

Even Bild Zeitung, Germany’s biggest newspaper, covers Bilderberg 2010

See also: Bilderberg 2010: Final (Official) List of Participants

The following article is in German (You can use ‘Google Translate’ for it.).

Finally Bilderberg meetings get some media coverage.


Sie treffen sich jedes Jahr. Ihr Thema: Die weltweite Wirtschaftslage, der Finanzmarkt und die Eurokrise. Alles weitere: top secret!

Der Geheim-Gipfel mit hochrangigen Persönlichkeiten, unter anderem aus Politik und Wirtschaft, heißt offiziell Bilderberg-Treffen. Bilderberg?

Es ist so etwas wie eine geheime Weltregierung, munkelt man. An diesem Wochenende trifft man sich im spanischen Sitges.

Das Gelände rund um das Dolce Hotel ist abgeriegelt. Rund 350 Polizisten halten Demonstranten und neugierige Besucher fern. Ihre Sorge: Militante Globalisierungsgegner wollen gegen das Treffen protestieren.

Nur so viel ist bisher durchgesickert: 130 führende Köpfe aus Wirtschaft, Politik, Medien, Militär und Hochschulen werden über die dringenden Themen der Welt sprechen.

Wer genau dem illustren Kreis beiwohnt… geheim!

Spekuliert wird: Große Bankhäuser (Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank) sind vertreten. Eine Euro-Diskussion liegt daher mehr als nahe.

Was über die Konferenz bekannt werden soll, wird veröffentlicht. Der Rest bleibt geheim.

Die illustre Liste der ehemaligen Bilderberg-Teilnehmer ist lang. Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU), Guido Westerwelle (FDP), Helmut Schmidt und führende Wirtschaftsbosse wie Jürgen Schrempp (Daimler) und Deutsche Bank-Chef Josef Ackermann.

1954 wurde das jährliche Zusammenkommen ins Leben gerufen. Urheber: Prinz Bernhard der Niederlande. Erster Tagungsort: Hotel Bilderberg in Oosterbeek.

Read moreEven Bild Zeitung, Germany’s biggest newspaper, covers Bilderberg 2010