7 February 2023
The land which eventually became the state of Belgium has mainly been a battleground between Catholic and Liberal-Protestant interests. Over the centuries and decades, this land subsequently belonged to the Spanish and Austrian Hapsburgs, Napoleon’s France and since 1815, the Netherlands. In 1830, mainly the Catholic middle and upper class living in the southern provinces of the United Netherlands had become so fed up with their lack of self-determination that they staged a revolution. It succeeded and the state of Belgium was born. Families like de Merode and De Ligne were initially offered the throne, but they refused and the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha came in.
The major bank in Belgium and the central pillar of its industry was Societe Generale des Pays-Bas, established by King William I of Orange in 1822 for the exact purpose of financing the growth of Belgian industry. After the revolution the name changed to Societe Generale de Belgique and some of Belgium’s major aristocratic families gained control over it. This control by families as de Merode, de Meeus, Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Janssen, Lippens, Boël and Solvay remained throughout the 19th and 20th century, with the Vatican bank also holding a significant stake. William of Orange eventually let go of the bank.
Societe Generale’s influence over the Belgian economy has always been huge, controlling anywhere between 25 and 50 percent of Belgium’s manufacturing industry. It was only in 1988 that the unimaginable happened: the French Suez group took over the bank, and with that, a large chunk of Belgium’s economy. Viscount Etienne Davignon was made chairman and remained in that position until 2001. Count Maurice Lippens became the bank’s vice chairman.
“Damning evidence was found in two large trunks in the house, 45 miles from Buenos Aires. They contained videos showing the children, some of whom had been separated from their parents at the age of 12, performing various sexual acts with adults and each other…”
“Juan Carlos Rebello, the police commissioner in charge of the operation, was taken aback by the children’s condition. “They seemed like Martians, autistic,” he said. “They were living in compartmented cells and answered questions like automatons. Whenever one of them tried to say something, another would look at him and he would fall silent, terrified.”…”
“This weekend the Argentinian authorities are investigating claims that the Children of God supported themselves by prostitution sending teenagers to tour five-star hotels and the sale of the pornographic videos in the capital. Police and social workers have counted 19 nationalities among those arrested and taken into care and fear the children may have been part of a global child-sex network; some are thought to have been moved to South America after previous raids on Children of God communities in Australia and France…”
“The police finally acted after receiving complaints for at least four years. One of the most recent came from the father of the six-year -old Irish girl, who complained that his wife had kidnapped their two children and alleged that they were being sexually abused and used in pornographic videos.”- September 5, 1993, Sunday Times, ‘The day the ‘Martians’ woke up; Children of God’
The other major historical bank/holding firm in Belgium is Groupe Bruxelles Lambert, its history starting around 1830 when a banker named Lazare Richtenberger became an agent of the London Rothschilds. The son-in-law of Richtenberger, Samuel Lambert, took over the business ten years later. The Rothschilds would often come and visit Samuel and his son Leon in Brussels to advise them on social and political events affecting the markets. Especially James de Rothschild made sure that Banque Lambert focused on financing the railroad companies, like the Morgans, Harrimans and Schiffs were doing in the United States. Leon married Zoe Lucie de Rothschild in 1882, fulfilled diplomatic functions and became the most important financial advisor to King Leopold II of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. When Leopold II acquired the Congo as his own private slave colony in 1885, Leon took over a large part of the financial matters there. Ironically, the Rothschild-backed Cecil Rhodes was one of Leopold’s competitors in Africa.
The Lamberts appear to have remained close associates of the Rothschilds until this day, but their influence in Belgian banking seems to have waned. Banque Bruxelles Lambert has been taken over by the Dutch bank ING in 1998 while the Lamberts only have a honorary mentioning in the list of directors of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert (GBL). The Belgian Frere and Canadian Desmarais families are the ones in control of GBL these days. These two families also have a large influence on the Suez group, which owns Societe Generale. In other words, Belgium’s primary banks are fully or largely owned by Dutch, Canadian or French interests.
Another important aristocratic Belgian company is the chemical giant Solvay, founded in 1863 by the Solvay family. It went public in 1967, but the Solvay and Boël families were able to keep control over the company through their holding Union Financiere Boël. The Janssens, De Selliers, De Moranvilles and Karel van Miert are also major shareholders of Solvay, or today’s holding company, Solvac. In 2003, van Miert replaced Etienne Davignon as director of Solvay.
Below is a table which shows some of the interaction between the premier industrial and banking families of Belgium. Although it was tighter in previous decades, before the nouveau riche and foreign interests mixed in, Belgium’s economy is still controlled by a small oligarchy of aristocratic families centred around the royal court.
Societe Generale : Boël, Davignon, Janssen, Lippen sde Merode, Saxe-Coburg, Solvay
Friends of Europe : Davignon, Janssen, Solvay
GBL : Desmarais, Frere, Lambert de Launoit Lippens Vastapane
Fortis : Davignon, Janssen, Lippens, Selliers de Moranville
Sofina : Boël, Davignon, Janssen
Finasucre : Boël, Lippens
UFB : Solvac & Solvay : Boël, Davignon, Janssen van Miert, Selliers de Moranville, Solvay
Above – Involvement of the families over the years in major banks and corporations with direct ties to the Dutroux affair.
Besides the royal family, Viscount Etienne Davignon is probably the most well known of this group internationally. Although he comes from a less influential family than the others that are listed, Davignon might well be the most influential person of mainland Europe in the globalisation process, with a particular focus on integrating Europe along the lines of Anglo-Saxon liberal policies. Besides his positions in the companies above, Davignon has held (or still holds) the following positions :
first president of the International Energy Agency (IEA)
director of Kissinger Associates and good friend of Henry Kissinger
director of Minorco/Anglo-American Corporation
vice-president of the European Commission
co-founder of the European Round Table of Industrialists with someone who at different times worked for the Rockefellers, Kissinger, Rothschilds and Lazard bank l co-founder and president of the Association for the Monetary Union of Europe
chairman of CSR Europe (European business network)
founder of the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
chairman of the EU-Japan Business Dialogue
co-founder and president of Friends of Europe
director of the European Institute
allegedly a former governor of Ditchley
chairman of the Royal Institute for International Relations (Belgian version of RIIA) l member of the US Council on Foreign Relations
member of the Trilateral Commission
honorary chairman of the Bilderberg Group
One of Davignon’s closest sidekicks in business and the globalisation process is Count Maurice Lippens, whom he really got to know in the late 1980s when both ran Societe Generale. Together they also ran the Belgian branch of the Dutch-Belgian Fortis Bank and they set up SN Brussels Airlines. Maurice visited Bilderberg in 2000, 2002, and 2006 and has become an annual visitor of the Trilateral Commission in recent years. About these meetings he stated:
“Clifford St. Joseph, a gaunt, attentive man with thinning blond hair, is charged with murder in a case that came to light on June 15, 1985, when a passer-by discovered a body wrapped in a plastic garbage bag and blankets beneath a truck on Sixth Street south of Market.”
“Investigators who opened the wrapping found that the victim was naked and virtually drained of blood. His lip had been cut with a knife, a five-pointed star had been carved into his chest and he had been sexually mutilated.”
“Investigators said the wounds, along with wax drippings found in his right eye, were clear signals of death in a satanic ritual. “
“Homicide Inspector Earl Sanders said last year that St. Joseph is believed to belong to a “gay Satanic cult” that includes some men of “substantial means.”… Sanders’ partner, Inspector Napoleon Hendrix, said earlier this week that St. Joseph apparently was not acting alone…”
“Spela and Bork now differ on who killed the anonymous transient listed in police records as John Doe, 60.” – February 10, 1988, San Francisco Chronicle, ‘Satanic Slaying Trial Begins In S.F. Court’
“I have never visited DAVOS and think it’s one big carnival. I receive the membership lists and can, if I want to, call up anyone I’m interested in. I like to visit Bilderberg and the Trilateral Commission. Bilderberg is intense. There one has to work from the early morning to the late evening. The Round Table of Industrialists is interesting, but I’m not a member because I’m not an Industrialist. Talking about the future of the world is a difficult thing by the way. I do like to listen and network in Washington with the Trilateral Commission. You’ll hear about interesting trends from first hand.”
Now, why is all this important you ask? Well, for starters because the Lippens family appears all over the X-Dossiers. X1, X2, X4, and two anonymous letters all name Maurice Lippens and his brother Leopold, the long time mayor of Knokke, as vicious child abusers, not only involved in regular rape, but also in the snuff network. Additionally, a relative of them, Count Francois Lippens, the honorary consul general of Belgium, appears somewhere deep in the Dutroux dossier