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The Grove Hotel, Watford, UK

The Donneraile dining room at The Grove Hotel in Watford, Hertfordshire, U.K.

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.