The Pinay Circle and Destabilisation in Europe

In Lobster 17 we published two German intelligence reports on a covert propaganda group called the Pinay Circle. In this article we give background and investigate the Pinay Circle’s activities. Member of Parliament ‘G’: I don’t know if it (the Pinay Circle) has any political significance, but, in any case, it has little impact. […]

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Brian Crozier, the Pinay Circle and James Goldsmith

In Lobster 11 we included a little appendix on ‘the Pinay Circle’. Lobster 11 was done at full-tilt, researched, written and produced in about 4 months, and there were a number of bits and pieces we didn’t evaluate which went undigested into the appendices. One was this Pinay Circle. At the time all we […]

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Appendix 2: the Pinay Circle

Wilson, MI5 and the Rise of Thatcher Covert Operations in British Politics 1974-1978 The Pinay Circle was set up in 1969 around the former Prime Minister of France, Antoine Pinay. Pinay was very old and seems to have been little more than a figurehead. Its chief fundraiser and leading light is the former lawyer, […]

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Pinay 2: Jean Violet

[…] name for himself as a lawyer. He also fell in with Opus Dei, which may explain some of what followed. In 1951 he was approached by Antoine Pinay, who was a cabinet minister at that point. On behalf of some Swiss lawyer Pinay sought to clear up the matter of a Geneva-based firm that […]

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Another Pinay sighting

[…] (and still are) as deeply cocooned in mystery as those of the most exclusive Masonic lodge. It appears to have been founded by the French statesman, Antoine Pinay, and when he retired Julian Amery took over the chairmanship. It seems to have been a small assembly of European and American Conservatives meeting on an […]

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The Pinay Circle

[…] the end product of a complicated translation process: from German into French, and then French into English and this may explain what appear to be errors. The Pinay Circle is an informal group which meets twice a year in different locations. It includes conservative and anti-communist politicians, journalists, bankers etc., and occasional guests, all […]

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The Bilderberg Group and the project of European unification

[…] resulting group consisted of the Belgian and Italian prime ministers, Paul van Zeeland and Alcide de Gasperi (CDU), from France both the right wing prime minister Antoine Pinay and the Socialist leader Guy Mollet; diplomats like Pietro Quaroni of Italy and Panavotis Pipinelis of Greece; top German corporate lawyer Rudolf Miller and the industrialist […]

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The Crozier operations

[…] and began series of psy-war projects against the left and the unions which prefigured much of what was to come in the Thatcher government.(130) Shield and the Pinay Circle At the same, Crozier’s voice was being heard in Shield, a committee of former intelligence officers and bankers, who, in the absence of IRD, prepared […]

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The view from the bridge

[…] one man, Joël van der Reijden, and his site has some interesting things on it, notably the recent (November) addition of David Teacher’s, Rogue Agents: The Cercle Pinay complex 1951-1991. Teacher, who wrote about what we then called The Pinay Circle, in Lobster 17 and 18, had said he was going to write a […]

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Obituaries

Julian Amery Pre-war model Tory social imperialist who evoked enormous affection – even idolatry – in some quarters. Recent chair of the Pinay Circle. Laudatory obituaries in the House Magazine 7 October 1996, the Spectator 7 September 1996 and The Times 4 September 1996. Admiral of the Fleet Sir Varyl Begg (Obituary, Independent, 15 […]

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