Michel Barnier

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Brexit Secretary David Davis and EU's Michel Barnier begin negotiating 19 June 2017
BornMichel Bernard Barnier
9 January 1951
La Tronche, France
SpouseIsabelle Altmayer
Member ofFriends of Europe, Le Siècle
PartyRepublicans, European People's Party
Deep state connected politician who attended the 2006 and 2007 Bilderbergs.

Employment.png European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
9 February 2010 - 1 November 2014
Preceded byCharlie McCreevy

Employment.png France/Minister of Foreign Affairs

In office
31 March 2004 - 31 March 2005

Employment.png European Commissioner for Regional Policy

In office
13 September 1999 - 31 March 2004

Michel Barnier is a French Republican politician who has been the EU's chief negotiator for Brexit since December 2016, when the European Commission put him in charge of the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union.[1][2]. He attended the 2007 Bilderberg.

Political career

Michel Barnier has served in several French cabinet positions such as Minister of Foreign Affairs 2004–2005, Minister of State for European Affairs 1995–1997, Minister of the Environment and Way of Life 1993-1995. He has served at European level as European Commissioner for Regional Policy 1999–2004 and European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services 2010–2014. He has been Vice President of the European People's Party 2010–2015.

Michel Barnier was appointed Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries in the French government on 18 June 2007, stepping down on 7 June 2009 upon his election as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP). He was European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services under the presidency of José Manuel Barroso.[3]

On 27 August 2021, Barnier launched his campaign for the 2022 French presidential election.[4]


On 19 June 2017, The Guardian's John Crace wrote:

"First the handshakes and generous expressions of goodwill. Not forgetting the obligatory exchange of gifts: a mountaineering book from David Davis to Michel Barnier, a hiking pole from Barnier to Davis. When you’re heading over a cliff, you need all the help you can get. Davis couldn’t have been more charming. The EU was a magnificent institution, the best of the best, and the UK was keen to have the very closest links possible.

"Just as it looked as if Davis might be about to have a change of heart and beg Barnier to let us stay after all, the bell rang for the start of the negotiations. The two teams headed off behind closed doors, with Davis exuding all the confidence of a non-league manager up against Barcelona. Several hours later he emerged for the press conference looking decidedly frazzled. His face was hot and sweaty and his hair was a mess. Lucky he’s still got plenty more to pull out.

"Michel Barnier, though, appeared remarkably unbothered. The talks had been constructive. He had laid out the EU’s demands on the timetable for the talks and Britain had caved in to all of them. Things couldn’t have got off to a better start."[5]


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/20068 June 200611 June 2006Canada
54th Bilderberg, held in Canada. 133 guests
Bilderberg/200731 May 20073 June 2007Turkey
The 55th Bilderberg meeting, held in Turkey
Munich Security Conference/20114 February 20116 February 2011Germany
The 47th Munich Security Conference
Munich Security Conference/20123 February 20125 February 2012Germany
The 48th Munich Security Conference
Munich Security Conference/20131 February 20133 February 2013Germany
The 49th Munich Security Conference
Munich Security Conference/201717 February 201719 February 2017Germany
The 53rd Munich Security Conference
Munich Security Conference/201812 February 201814 February 2018Germany
The 54th Munich Security Conference
Munich Security Conference/201915 February 201917 February 2019Germany
The 55th Munich Security Conference, which included "A Spreading Plague" aimed at "identifying gaps and making recommendations to improve the global system for responding to deliberate, high consequence biological events."
WEF/Annual Meeting/201323 January 201327 January 2013Switzerland2500 mostly unelected leaders met to discuss "leading through adversity"
WEF/Annual Meeting/201922 January 201925 January 2019Switzerland


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