EUROPEAN NATIONALISM THROWING WRENCH IN PLANS
By James P. Tucker Jr.
ROTTACH-EGERN, Germany—Britons were voting even as Bilderberg was gathering here Thursday, May 5, and the British luminaries gave grudging support to Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Labor Party because of his backing of the pending European Constitution (EC). But they remain angry that Blair joined the United States in the invasion of Iraq.
A French referendum on the proposed EC May 29 has Bilderberg deeply concerned. The outcome is in doubt and defeat would be a severe blow to Bilderberg’s long-term effort to establish a globalist government.
Polls in March showed that, after strongly backing the EC for months, French support dropped below 50 percent. The latest poll had supporters ahead by a slight margin. But Bilderberg is still concerned because one-fourth of the supporters could change their minds.
A German Bilderberg insider said the EC is in trouble for the same reason, he hopes, that the Free Trade Area of the Americas may fail: “outsourcing” of jobs.
“American jobs are going to South America, China and India,” he said.
“Jobs in Germany and France are going to Asia and Ukraine.” Ukraine is among the former East Bloc countries that have been admitted to the European Union, bringing membership to 25.
International financiers, along with heads of state and high officials of government in the United States and Europe, are the main muscle of Bilderberg. As the European Union expanded, jobs were shipped to the new memberstates to take advantage of cheap labor—just as NAFTA
affected the United States.
This accounts for the shift in sentiment in France and Germany toward the pending EC and, by extension, to the European Union. France and Germany are suffering economically as a result, while Europe-shunning Britain is relatively healthy.
Unemployment in France and Germany is high—10 percent—because of “outsourcing” and moving plants to poor countries. Britain prospers, making it politically difficult for Blair to keep his years-old promise to Bilderberg to persuade Britons to embrace the EC.
“Protectionism is the flavor of the month,” said an unhappy Elga Bartsch, an economist at Morgan Stanley in London, which is always represented at Bilderberg.
The Financial Times carried a “pre-leak” Bilderberg story May 5, using a tongue-in-cheek style to reassure readers about “conspiracy theories.”
Writer Daniel Dombey failed to mention that his newspaper is regularly represented at Bilderberg.
He inadvertently confirmed past AFP reports with these words: “In 2003, tensions over the Iraq war boiled over.”