Put the emperor’s clothes back on

Was he right, the child in Andersen’s tale? Was he right, Emmanuel Macron, to reveal that the emperor was naked, declaring, in the columns of the Economist, the “brain death” of NATO, before adding that the rule of putting a ceiling on public deficit of 3 percent of the GDP also belonged to another century?

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Complete renovation

France is causing a scandal. Its partners are pointing it out. They have accused France of irresponsibility, ignorance and Gallo-centrism since its president opposed the opening of accession negotiations with Northern Macedonia and Albania.

How can we not see, they say, that Emmanuel Macron has obliged the Union to break its word, and it can no longer be believed? How can we fail to understand that he has weakened the pro-European democrats in the whole Balkans, that he has opened up the doors to Russian, Turkish and Chinese powers, whose only dream is to weaken the Union, that he was more worried to bring grist to Mrs Le Pen’s mills instead of putting the higher ideals of European unity first?

Because those accusations are serious, they deserve answers.

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If we don’t have a common defence, we have no defence at all

Parliament organises a debate twice a year on the progress achieved in the Common Foreign and Security Policy (PESC) and the Common Securty and Defence Policy (PSDC). It adopts two annual reports: one on the PESC, compiled by the Committee of Foreign Affairs (AFET) which can contain elements relating to the PSDC; and another one on the PSDC, elaborated by the "Security and Defense" subcommitte (SEDE). Debate with rapporteur Arnaud Danjean, at the joint meeting of the two committees.



The Hungarian revolution of 1956 was an inspiration for the world

The 23rd of October is the day of commemoration of the revolution in 1956 against the Soviet occupation and the communist dictatorship in Hungary. Members of European Parliament from four nations share their thoughts on the importance of this historic event for the whole of Europe.



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.



Three months, at least

Finally, I had the right to do it. I could not when I had been only a journalist, but as elected representative and politician, I finally had the right to give the advice to these militants that they asked for. “Could we, they asked, do as the Iranians did when they were shouting out their thirst for freedom into the night, standing in their windows and on the rooftops of their buildings?”

Worth a read



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