A select group of some of the world’s richest and most powerful people is getting together this week for the annual Bilderberg Group meeting, attracting controversy and conspiracy theories due to its elite and secretive nature.
This year’s gathering, which will be the 66th annual meeting of the mysterious group, takes place in Turin, Italy, between June 7-10. The meeting will be attended by American and European business leaders, current and former government officials, politicians, university professors, think tank analysts and even some journalists — but don’t expect them to talk about it in public. What happens at the Bilderberg meeting stays at the Bilderberg meeting.
Topping the agenda will be the challenges of “populism in Europe,”“inequality” and the “future of work.” The group will also discuss the scourge of “fake news” and a “post-truth” world, as well as the state of play in the US before the 2018 midterm elections and US world leadership more generally. The list of topics also includes “Russia,” but it provides no further detail.
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Some have pointed out that Turin is an appropriate location for this year’s meeting, given Italy’s recently installed anti-establishment government and a wave of populist uprisings across the European Union, which has worried those in favor of maintaining the status quo. Others have noted the irony of a group of billionaires and politicians holding a secret meeting in a fancy hotel to discuss inequality.
Among the 2018 attendees are former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) David Petraeus,…