The 1969 Bilderberg Report
|Date||9 May 1969 - 11 May 1969|
|Location||Hotel Marienlyst, Elsinore, Denmark|
|Participants||H.R.H. The Prince of the Netherlands, Ernst H. van der Beugel, Joseph E. Johnson, Johannes Meynen, H.R.H. Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, Giovanni Agnelli, Michel Albert, Ruediger Altmann, George W. Ball, Wilfrid S. Baumgartner, Daniel Bell, Bjarni Benediktsson, Frederic Bennett, Godfried van Benthem van den Bergh, Walter Berchtold, M. Nuri Birgi, Claude Bissell, Edward W. Brooke, Marcel Cadieux, Antonio Cariglia, Fabio Luca Cavazza, Emilio G. Collado, Karl Czernetz, Ralf Dahrendorf, Arthur H. Dean, Prince Henrik of Denmark, L. François Duchene, K.O. Feldt, François Fontaine, Johannes Green, Anthony G.S. Griffin, Denis Hamilton, Edward K. Hamilton, Poul Hartling, Gabriel Hauge, Edward Heath, Henry J. Heinz II, Jerome L. Heldring, Leif Høegh, Daniel Janssen, Vernon E. Jordan Jr., Jens Kampmann, Kenneth Keniston, Hans H. Koch, Max Kohnstamm, Jens O. Krag, Peter F. Krogh, Halvard M. Lange, Lars R. Langslet, Paul Lendvai, Jens Litten, Fred Luchsinger, Joseph M.A.H. Luns, Maersk McKinney-Moller, Marshall McLuhan, Robert S. McNamara, David A. Morse, Bill D. Moyers, Prince Claus of the Netherlands, Johan A. Nykopp, Piero Ottone, Olivier Reverdin, Elliot L. Richardson, Manfred E. Ritterbach, Frank Roberts, David Rockefeller, Eric Roll, Baron Edmond de Rothschild, Dean Rusk, Kaare Sandegren, Jorgen Schleimann, W. K. Norbert Schmelzer, Helmut Schmidt, S. O. Sorensen, Andre de Staercke, Shepard Stone, Terkel M. Terkelsen, Otto G. Tidemand, Marc Ullmann, Victor H. Umbricht, Pierre F. Uri, Lorenzo Vallarino Gancia, Gerrit A. Wagner, Marcus Wallenberg, Michel Woitrin, Otto Wolff von Amerongen, Paul Ylvisaker|
|Witnessed by||Henrik J. Baron van Asbeck, Marchese Gian G. Cittadini Cesi, Ole Marott, Bertie le Roy, Edwin Vernede|
The 1969 Bilderberg Meeting was the 18th such meeting and had 85 participants from 14 European countries, the United States, Canada and "various international organisations". It was held at the Hotel Marienlyst, Elsinore, Denmark. As in some later years, John Pesmazoglou of Greece was invited but could not attend since the Greek authorities denied him a passport. The 87 guests included 9 business executives, 19 politicians, 5 financiers, 9 editors/journalists and 7 academics.
The 1969 Bilderberg Agenda has been leaked and is now online.
1. Elements of instability in Western Society
The background for discussion of this item of the Agenda consisted of a paper on Sources of Political Conflict in Developed Societies prepared by Ralf Dahrendorf which was distributed before the meeting. He began by noting that for more than a decade relations between the Western powers and the Soviet bloc had been characterized by the development of limited but important elements of co-operation along with the persistence of overriding conflict.
In appraising the shortcomings and imperfections of the Atlantic Alliance, considerable attention was paid to the unsatisfactory state of public opinion vis-a-vis NATO.
2. Conflicting attitudes within the Western World towards relations with the USSR and the other Communist States of Eastern Europe in the light of recent events
The groundwork for discussion of this item consisted of three papers prepared by an American and two French participants. These papers had been distributed among participants some weeks before the meeting.