Chairman of EU Trilateral Commission and Bilderberger Leads Italy After Berlusconi Crisis

He is chairman of the European branch of the Trilateral Commission, a body that brings together the power elites of the United States, Europe and Japan and is also a member of the secretive Bilderberg Group of business leaders and other “leading citizens”.

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James Mackenzie

Nov 14 (Reuters) – Mario Monti, the economist who will head an emergency Italian government following the departure of Silvio Berlusconi, brings credentials earned in a decade of battles as a European Commissioner from the 1990s.

Monti made his name as the powerful Competition Commissioner who took on U.S. corporate titans General Electric and Microsoft, blocking GE’s planned merger with rival Honeywell and imposing a record 497 million euro ($683 million) antitrust fine on the software giant.

His technical expertise, sharp intellect and diplomatic skills added to his refusal to bow to intense lobbying pressures made him one of the most highly regarded officials the Commission has seen.

“He didn’t have a very Italian way of going about things,” recalls one former ambassador, who worked with Monti in Brussels and remembers him as a hard but reliable negotiating partner. “His nickname in those days was ‘The Italian Prussian'”.

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