BILDERBERG MEETING 2018
The 66th Bilderberg Meeting to take place from 7 – 10 June 2018 in Turin, Italy
TURIN, 5 JUNE 2018 –The 66th Bilderberg Meeting is set to take place from 7 – 10 June 2018 in Turin, Italy. As of today, 128 participants from 23 countries have confirmed their attendance. As ever, a diverse group of political leaders and experts from industry, finance, academia and the media has been invited. The list of participants is available on www.bilderbergmeetings.org.
The key topics for discussion this year include:
- Populism in Europe
- The inequality challenge
- The future of work
- Artificial intelligence
- The US before midterms
- Free trade
- US world leadership
- Quantum computing
- Saudi Arabia and Iran
- The “post-truth” world
- Current events
Founded in 1954, the Bilderberg Meeting is an annual conference designed to foster dialogue between Europe and North America. Every year, between 120-140 political leaders and experts from industry, finance, academia and the media are invited to take part in the conference. About two thirds of the participants come from Europe and the rest from North America; approximately a quarter from politics and government and the rest from other fields.
The conference is a forum for informal discussions about major issues facing the world. The meetings are held under the Chatham House Rule, which states that participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s) nor any other participant may be revealed.
Thanks to the private nature of the meeting, the participants are not bound by the conventions of their office or by pre-agreed positions. As such, they can take time to listen, reflect and gather insights. There is no desired outcome, no minutes are taken and no report is written. Furthermore, no resolutions are proposed, no votes are taken, and no policy statements are issued.
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1-4 June 2017 Chantilly, VA, USA
- The Trump Administration: A progress report
- Trans-Atlantic relations: options and scenarios
- The Trans-Atlantic defence alliance: bullets, bytes and bucks
- The direction of the EU
- Can globalisation be slowed down?
- Jobs, income and unrealised expectations
- The war on information
- Why is populism growing?
- Russia in the international order
- The Near East
- Nuclear proliferation
- Current events
9-12 June 2016 Dresden, Germany
- Current events
- Europe: migration, growth, reform, vision, unity
- Middle East
- US political landscape, economy: growth, debt, reform
- Cyber security
- Geo-politics of energy and commodity prices
- Precariat and middle class
- Technological innovation
11-14 June 2015 Telfs-Buchen, Austria
- Artificial Intelligence
- Chemical Weapons Threats
- Current Economic Issues
- European Strategy
- Middle East
- United Kingdom
- US Elections
29 May-1 June 2014 Copenhagen, Denmark
- Is the Economic Recovery Sustainable?
- Who will Pay for the Demographics?
- Does Privacy Exist?
- How Special is the Relationship in Intelligence Sharing?
- Big Shifts in Technology and Jobs
- The Future of Democracy and the Middle Class Trap
- China’s Political and Economic Outlook
- The New Architecture of the Middle East
- What Next for Europe?
- Current Events
6-9 June 2013 Hertfordshire, England
- Jobs, Entitlements and Debt
- European Politics: Core Questions
- Can the US and Europe Grow Faster and Create Jobs?
- Africa’s Challenges
- Saudi Arabia
- Dialogue with Prime Minister David Cameron
- How Big Data is Changing Almost Everything
- Major Trends in Medical Research
- Nationalism and Populism
- Online Education: Promise and Impacts
- Cyberwarfare and the Proliferation of Asymmetric Threats
- Is America Withdrawing from the World?
- Current Affairs: Syria
31 May-3 June 2012 Chantilly, Virginia, USA
- The State of Trans-Atlantic Relations
- Is Vigorous Economic Growth Attainable?
- The Future of Democracy in the Developed World
- The US Political Landscape
- The European Political Landscape
- A Conversation on US Foreign Policy
- The Politics and Geo-Politics of Energy
- Stability and Instability in the Middle East
- Imbalances, Austerity and Growth
- Sustainability of the Euro and its Consequences
- What Does Putin 2.0 Mean?
- What Can the West Do about Iran?
- How Do Sovereign States Collaborate in Cyber Space?
- China’s Economic and Political Outlook
9-12 June 2011 St. Moritz, Switzerland
- The Middle East: What Does Democracy Mean?
- Emerging Economies: Roles and Responsibilities
- Economic and National Security in a Digital Age
- Technological Innovation in Western Economies: Stagnation or Promise?
- The Appetite for Reform: Can Governments Deliver?
- Switzerland: Can It Remain Successful in the Future?
- European Union’s Challenges
- A Sustainable Euro: Implications for European Economies
- China’s Domestic Challenges
- China’s Regional and Global Challenges
- Connectivity and the Diffusion of Power
- Current Conflict Areas
- Demographic Stresses
3-6 June 2010 Sitges, Spain
- Current Events: North Korea, Iran and Non-Proliferation
- Global Cooling: Implications of Slow Economic Growth
- The Growing Influence of Cyber Technology
- Is Financial Reform Progressing?
- US and European Fiscal and Financial Challenges
- The European Union and the Crisis of the Euro
- Promises of Medical Science
- Energy’s Promises and Challenges
- Security in a Proliferated World
- Social Networking: From the Obama Campaign to the Iranian Revolution
- Europe-US: A New Approach
- Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Region
- Can We Feed the World?
- The Bilderberg meeting is an annual three-day forum for informal discussions designed to foster dialogue between Europe and North America. The pioneering meeting grew out of the concern, expressed by leading citizens on both sides of the Atlantic, that Western Europe and North America were not working together as closely as they should on issues of common interest.
The first meeting took place in Hotel De Bilderberg in Oosterbeek, Netherlands, from 29 to 31 May 1954. Representatives from economic, social, political and cultural fields were invited to hold informal discussions to help create a better understanding of the complex forces and major trends affecting Western nations in the difficult post-war period.
Throughout the years, the annual meetings have become a forum for discussion on a wide range of topics – from trade to jobs, from monetary policy to investment and from ecological challenges to the task of promoting international security. In the context of a globalised world, it is hard to think of any issue in either Europe or North America that could be tackled unilaterally.
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