Euro Weekly News
MARIA DOLORES DE COSPEDAL’S attendance at the Bilderberg conference augurs a PP victory in Spain’s next general election. Only movers, shakers, the great and the good get to this shadowy annual get-together and the secretary general of the Partido Popular and president-elect of Castilla-La Mancha was among them. What is more, Bilderberg invited the 46-year-old Cospedal last February, two months before the PSOE socialists were routed in the local and regional elections.
Cospedal’s star is undeniably in the ascendant but this was only her first Bilderberg meeting and it remains to be seen whether her presence proves to be a one-off.
When Bilderberg met between June 9 and 12 at St Moritz (Switzerland) the habitual Spanish contingent included Cesar Alierta, president of Telefonica, Miguel Angel Moratinos, formerly Spain’s Foreign minister, Cabinet Office minister Bernardino Leon, Juan Luis Cebrian, head of the Prisa media group and businessman Jose Manuel Entrecanales. As so often in the past, Spain’s Queen Sofia also attended.
International regulars included Henry Kissinger, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and David Rockefeller; Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, is another. There is no formal list of Bilderberg members, apart from a steering committee of representatives from some 18 countries. There is also a separate advisory group and membership of both tends to overlap.
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