Recent opinion polls are unanimous in stating that José António Seguro would be Portugal’s next prime minister should an election be held today. It is perhaps no surprise then that the Socialist Party leader will be amongst those at a highly-secretive meeting this weekend in Hertfordshire just outside London, where both the world’s most powerful elected and unelected men and women will gather as they continue to “strive for a single community throughout the world.”
Portugal has a long history of attending the annual Bilderberg meetings and António José Seguro is one of several Portuguese politicians who have attended over the past two decades.
The leader of the Socialist Party will be joined by Foreign Minister Paulo Portas, who is also leader of the junior coalition CDS-PP party.
Portugal has seen most of its modern leaders pay visits to this gathering of media tycoons and banking giants, though mostly before rising to the peak of their political careers.
Prior to becoming Prime Minister of Portugal, Durão Barroso was invited to attend a meeting. He was later called back to attend and shortly afterwards, he was made President of the European Commission.
UNICEF chief António Guterres was also asked to attend shortly before being made Prime Minister of Portugal. The same is true for Pedro Santana Lopes and José Sócrates, both of whom were attendees shortly before being elected to the position of Portuguese prime minister.
But the list is not limited to Portuguese politicians. Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and David Cameron all rose to prominence after these controversial gatherings.
The task of selecting Portuguese attendees falls to long-standing steering committee member Francisco Balsemão, who, along with having also been prime minister of this country, is arguably the most influential media mogul in Portugal, boasting SIC television and top-selling titles such as the Expresso newspaper and Visão magazine in his portfolio.
The dimension and true intentions of the Bilderberg group has often been questioned, especially their alleged ideals of creating a New World Order.
Former Labour stalwart and permanent member of the group Denis Healy said of the Bilderbergs in 2001: “To say we were striving for a one-world government is exaggerated, but not wholly unfair. Those of us in Bilderberg felt we couldn’t go on forever fighting one another for nothing and killing people and rendering millions homeless. So we felt that a single community throughout the world would be a good thing.”
Back in June 1999, the Bilderbergers gathered in the mountains of Sintra outside Lisbon under an enormous veil of secrecy, with armed guards and police in abundance.
The Portugal News reported extensively on the event, partly due to managing to side-step security and gain access to the event.
The Bilderbergs describe themselves as being “a broad cross-section of leading citizens” who assemble for three days of informal and off-the-record discussion about topics of current concern, particularly in the fields of foreign affairs and the international economy.
It further argues that secrecy is a necessity.
“The privacy of the meetings, which has no purpose other than to allow participants to speak their minds openly and freely”, it claims.
According to site, bilderberg.weebly.com, the organisation has also expressed the desire to maintain humanity under 500 million “in perpetual balance with nature”, while calling for “reproduction to be guided wisely” and to “unite humanity with a living new language.”
Speaking to Portuguese reporters this week after a meeting with fellow Bilderberger, but political opponent, Paulo Portas, Seguro said of his attendance: “This is about an invitation to participate in a meeting and at that meeting I shall reaffirm my positions both on issues relating to globalisation and to Europe. I back the end of tax havens, the taxing of financial transactions and deepening the economic and political dimension to the European Union.”
Meanwhile, David Cameron, on the eve of the summit, called on the leaders of territories like Jersey and Bermuda, asking them “to clean up their act.”
Founded in 1954, organisers say Bilderberg is an annual conference designed to foster dialogue between Europe and North America.
The 61st Bilderberg meeting is taking place from 6 to 9 June, with a total of around 140 participants from 21 European and North American countries having confirmed their attendance.
According to the latest available information, the agenda for this year’s conference will include topics such as: Can the US and Europe grow faster and create jobs? Jobs, entitlement and debt; How big data is changing almost everything; Nationalism and populism; US foreign policy; Africa’s challenges; Cyber warfare and the proliferation of asymmetric threats; Major trends in medical research; Online education: Promise and impacts; Politics of the European Union; Developments in the Middle East and the broad term, ‘Current affairs’.
The organisation explains that hospitality costs of the annual meeting are the responsibility of the Steering Committee members of the host country, which in this case are Marcus Agius, former chairman of Barclays, Kenneth Clare MP and John Kerr, who is an independent member of the House of Lords, while invitations were accepted by British Chancellor George Osborne and Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls.
The chairman of Bilderberg is Henri de Castries, Chairman and CEO of the AXA Group. Other corporations permanently represented include Microsoft, Shell, Novartis and Goldman Sachs.