Finally, the storm is rising

It is said cautiously. It is said deliberately in a tone that is monotonous enough so as not to trigger “urgent” and “breaking news” on the press sites. This is, in a word:, Merkel, but how can one explain that the Chancellor’s words reported last week by the Financial Times were not more noticed and commented on?

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A “Green Deal” for the Union

To meet the challenge of climate change and ensure a fair and inclusive transition, Ursula Von der Leyen presented, on Wednesday 11 December, a Commission action plan to provide the Union with the necessary instruments to make Europe the first carbon neutral continent by 2050.

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Three compromises for a crisis

Speech at the plenary debate on the situation in Iran and Irak in the wake of recent events. Before asking ourselves what to do, we, Europeans, should look at the new situation in the Middle East. The Iranian regime is now as contested on its soil as it is in Lebanon and Iraq, and the Ukrainian Boeing tragedy has further increased its unpopularity within and outside its borders.



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