Category: VIEWS

In Germany, that is to say everywhere

It’s done now. Even in Germany, there are two right wings in politics. Even though the taboo inherited from Nazism is so strong there, the alliance sealed in Thuringia between the AfD, the Liberals and part of the Christian Democrats has shown the existence of a right wing that accepts a rapprochement with the extreme right while Mrs Merkel and the CDU leadership find it unacceptable.

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The loneliness of the long-distance runner

It will come. It is bound to happen, but it is so distressing, worrying and astounding that Germany did not immediately say “yes” to France after it proposed to all its European partners a “strategic dialogue on the role of the French nuclear deterrent in our collective security”.

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The attraction of being blind

I don’t know. Where was the bubble? Was it in Paris or was it in Brussels, was it in the European Parliament where I came from? For me, Brexit was the tears of my British friends leaving the Union, that incredible mess that had made us all cry so much on Thursday, the last day, British and European elected representatives, because it is no longer the same thing.

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The Polish suspicion

In the centre, on the left wing, on the right wing, and everywhere else, a wall of mistrust rises immediately. In Poland, try it – I have just been doing so, for three days – try to evoke the idea of a search for a modus vivendi between the European Union and the Russian Federation, and all the rifts in this divided country instantly give way to a common front against the major European powers.

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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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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.


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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