The Bilderberg Group, an annual gathering of world leaders, executives, and other influential personalities, met in Dresden, Germany to discuss a number of topics, including China, migration, cyber security, and “the precariat and middle class”.
The discussion topics and list of attendees were revealed in a press statement prior to the event, but few other details are made available. The “precariat”, a term on the agenda this year, are “the perpetual part-timers, the minimum-wagers, the temporary foreign workers, the grey-market domestics paid in cash,” according to economist Guy Standing. It will be discussed alongside such topics as “U.S. political landscape, economy: growth, debt, reform”.
Formed in 1954 to promote trans-Atlanticism between leading figures in the United States and Western Europe, the secretive Bilderberg Group allows no press, takes no minutes, makes no policy proposals, and issues no reports. The list of attendees this year includes the Prime Ministers of both Belgium and the Netherlands, the Editor-in-Chief of the Economist, and over 100 other CEOs, national ministers, members of parliaments, and university professors.
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