The 1978 Bilderberg Report
|Date||21 April 1978 - 23 April 1978|
|Location||Princeton, New Jersey, USA|
|Participants||Lord Home of the Hirsel, Ernst H. van der Beugel, William P. Bundy, C. Frits Karsten, Giovanni Agnelli, K. B. Andersen, Nino Andreatta, Joachim Angermeyer, George W. Ball, Robert L. Bartley, Andre Batenburg, George B. Bell, Frederic Bennett, Jack Bennett, Christoph Bertram, Selahattin Beyazit, Tor Brekke, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Andreas von Bulow, Lord Carrington, Frank T. Cary, Gian Cittadini Cesi, Robert-Charles Close, Emilio G. Collado, Barber B. Conable, Vitor M. R. Constancio, George Contogeorgis, Ralph P. Davidson, Étienne Davignon, Edmund Dell, William Diebold, Roberto Ducci, William F. Duisenberg, Willem F. van Eekelen, Bernard Esambert, Thorbjorn Falldin, Murray H. Finlay, Kurt Furgler, Curt Gasteyger, Reay Geddes, Lord George-Brown, Meg Greenfield, Anthony G. S. Griffin, Patrick E. Haggerty, Alexander Haig, Victor Halberstadt, Geir Hallgrimsson, Rolf Hansen, John H. Harvey-Jones, Gabriel Hauge, H. John Heinz II, H. John Heinz III, Alfred Herrhausen, Jef Houthuys, Hans Igler, Joseph E. Johnson, Phillip A. Karber, Otto Kersten, Henry A. Kissinger, Andrew Knight, Léon Lambert, Jhr. Emile van Lennep, Winston Lord, Björn Lundvall, Joseph M. A. H. Luns, Thierry de Montbrial, John Newhouse, Niels Norlund, Adolf Nussbaumer, Sylvia Ostry, Piero Ottone, Peter G. Peterson, Robert Pitti-Ferrandi, David Rockefeller, Eric Roll, François de Rose, Don Juan Jose Rovira, Paolo Savona, Stefano Silvestri, Baron Snoy et d'Oppuers, Anthony M. Solomon, Theo Sommer, Helmut Sonnenfeldt, Svend O. Sorensen, George A. Stinson, Michel Tatu, Gaston Thorn, Otto Grieg Tidemand, Mika Tiivola, Heinrich Treichl, Victor Umbricht, Marcus Wallenberg, Richard von Weizsacker, Clifton R. Wharton, Marina v. N. Whitman, George Will, Lynn R. Williams, Hans-Jürgen Wischnewski, Otto Wolff von Amerongen, Andreas F. Zaimis, John Zysman|
|Witnessed by||Björn Bjarnason, Georg Zimmer-Lehmann, Herbert Cordt, Charles Getchell, Thomas Heine-Geldern, Charles W. Muller, Grant F. Winthrop|
The 1978 Bilderberg Meeting was the 26th such meeting and had participants from 18 European countries, the United States, Canada and "various international organizations". It was held at the Henry Chauncey Conference Center, Princeton, New Jersey, USA. The 101 guests included 18 business executives, 18 politicians, 10 financiers, 9 editors/journalists and 8 academics.
The 1978 Bilderberg Conference Report has been leaked and is now online. There were two topics on the agenda, followed by an open discussion.
1. Western defense with its political implications
There were two working papers. The first working paper, from an American, was entitled Some Political Aspects Of Western Defense. The second working paper, from an 'international' participant, was entitled Defense, Security And The Western Alliance. It argued that "The Soviet military threat in Europe has grown but it remains one that the West can cope with if it has the will", that "There is no alternative to reliance on the U.S. nuclear strategic forces to deter Soviet nuclear capabilities in Europe" and that "The major test for the Alliance over the next decade is whether it can maintain its cohesion in the face of domestic political change in Alliance countries."
After the two papers were presented, a plenary discussion ensued.
2. The changing structure of production and trade: consequences for the Western industrialized countries
There were two working papers. The first was an American paper on Adaptation To Structural Change. The second working paper, by an American, was entitled Developed Country Reactions To Calls For A New International Economic Order.
3. Open discussion about current problems in European-American relations