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The Bilderberg Group Arrive In Watford

WATFORD, ENGLAND - JUNE 06: A man demonstrates against "Chemtrails" in a protester encampment outside The Grove hotel, which is hosting the annual Bilderberg conference, on June 6, 2013 in Watford, England. The traditionally secretive conference, which has taken place since 1954, is expected to be attended by politicians, bank bosses, businessman and European royalty. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Inside the world's most secretive conference

An arena for thoughtful debate surrounding pressing international issues, or a "cesspit of globalist turds?"

Each year, around 150 of the world's most powerful financiers, businesspeople, politicians and thinkers meet behind tightly closed doors for the Bilderberg conference, a series of discussions on "megatrends and the major issues facing the world." What exactly goes on behind the security checkpoints among the gathered elites of Western society remains somewhat of a mystery as the meetings remain strictly off-the-record.

The first conference was held in the Bilderberg Hotel in the Netherlands in May 1954, to ease European-American relations during the Cold War.