Answer to a friend who does not believe in the Union

It’s a digital debate. My friend Jean-Marcel Bouguereau, the journalist, makes our mutual friend, Stéphane Rozès, an excellent French political scientist and pollster read my paper from last week on Facebook. Stéphane reacts immediately. To my irony about the efficiency lent to the Chinese regime, about the flood of criticism poured on the European Union and about the so paradoxical denunciation by the Europhobes of the German refusal of European bonds, he replies, straight to the point, with the following text which he has authorised me to reproduce.

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Coronavirus: Europe must make history

Collective statement of the Renaissance Delegation in the European Parliament, published on 14 March 2020 in Le JDD

On 10 March, we  were informed that China was going to allow the export of 1 000 artificial respirators and tens of thousands of protective suits and masks to our Italian neighbours. Thus, there is nothing abnormal in the shared feeling that Europe is not doing enough and not quickly enough even though the Commission has released significant emergency aid.

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Interview published in Le on 30 March 2020

The Renew Europe MEP rejects the inevitability of European discord over the economic recovery. He outlines a compromise between the grasshoppers and the ants.

Europeans are divided over the possibility of taking on joint debt to revitalise the economy after the crisis. We hear the Portuguese Antonio Costa’s anger at Dutchman Mark Rutte. Four countries (Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Finland) refuse to share the debts related to this crisis. MEP from the Renew group (liberal-Macronists) and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, Bernard Guetta analyses for Le Point this turning point in the construction of Europe and the great international upheaval caused by the coronavirus.



Revive the European project

Conference on the Future of Europe : the European Parliament supports one of the key proposals of Renaissance * Members of the European Parliament adopted, by a very large majority, a resolution setting out the objectives and organisation of one of the key proposals of the Renaissance programme to lay new foundations for overhaul the European project.



Vienna, or the threesome scenario

She was taken aback by my interest for her country. She could not imagine that a Frenchman could be curious to know more about Austria, and as I told her that I had lived in Vienna, known Kreisky and just written a book which delved into the question of the coalition between the political right and the extreme right Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ), Claudia Gamon’s eyes widened with surprise.



Boosting reforms for the European Union

30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, many doubts are voiced. Only 38 percent of Germans would consider that reunification was a success; do divisions still exist? Do the economic gaps between the former GDR and the rest of Germany, broadly speaking, reflect the image of a two-speed Europe?

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by YASCHA MOUNK - Harvard University Press 2018

Yascha Mounk’s book published last year conquers both university reading rooms, but also many other agoras of intellectuals. Only last month, I participated in two panel discussions inspired by the book - in such different places as Istanbul and Łódź. Here the reader can find a summary of the book - which I truly recommend.


Dear Readers,

welcome to this site.

It is not simply the webpage of the Member of the European Parliament, who I have become with great apprehension. Not of the journalist either, who I have been for half a century.

It is a wild ambition: I wanted to give a report on my work as an elected representative in Brussels and in Strasbourg, to continue to follow the evolution of world politics and to try to describe and decipher the stakes and the mysteries behind the scenes of the European institutions.

I wanted to create a multilingual site, to step across the borders that sometimes still separate us.

“Smithing makes the smith”, I hope you will bear with me.


Bernard Guetta


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Bernard Guetta

Born on 28 January 1951 in Boulogne-Billancourt
Married, father of two children

Centre de formation des journalistes (CFJ), Paris

Professional career

Journalist, field of expertise: geopolitics

Journalist at Le Monde 1979-1990; correspondent in Vienna, Warsaw, Washington
Moscow correspondent 1987-1990
Radio columnist at France Inter 1991-2018
Editor-in-chief of Expansion 1991-1993 and of the Nouvel Observateur 1996-1999
Former Editorial writer at L’Express, Le Temps, Libération
Writes in La Repubblica, Gazeta, and l’Espresso

Six prizes of journalism, including
Albert-Londres Prize 1981
Mumm Prize 1989 for the book Géopolitique


Patron Mai, Le Seuil, 1975
Eloge de la Tortue, Le Monde, Actualités, 1991
Pologne, with Philippe Barbey, Arthaud 1992
Géopolitique, L'Olivier, 1995
L'Europe fédérale, avec Philippe Labarde, Grasset, Collection : « Pour et Contre », 2002
Le Monde est mon métier : Le journaliste, les pouvoirs et la vérité, with Jean Lacouture, Grasset, 2007
L'an I des révolutions arabes : décembre 2010-janvier 2012, Belin, 2012
Intime Conviction. Comment je suis devenu européen, 2014
Dans l'Ivresse de l'histoire, Flammarion, 2017
L'Enquête hongroise (puis polonaise, italienne et autrichienne), Flammarion, 2019