Category: VIEWS

France is not dead yet

I am now thinking that maybe this gamble was not so crazy. I say this cautiously, without totally believing it because, since the announcement of the dissolution of the National Assembly, I have been through all the stages. First of all, I thought and said publicly, in the heat of the moment, that we should indeed, yes, absolutely, ask the country whether the 40% or so of the vote that went to the extreme right was only an expression of anger or of a real desire to bring the Lepenists to power. I was convinced that we had to go through this moment of truth, because in my view it was impossible for 4 out of 10 French people to have swung to the extreme right, but the next day, Monday morning…

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How not to become a Lepéniste

Op-ed published in the Libération on 11 June

Yes, of course, these results are overwhelming almost everywhere, especially in France. With extreme right-wing parties adding up to some 40% of the votes cast, France has clearly been weakened by these European elections and could soon be even weaker, tragically so, if the early elections that Emmanuel Macron decided to call on Sunday were to give power to the Lepénistes in less than a month’s time.

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The scenery after the battle

The European political scenes are going to Americanise. This is inevitable and now desirable because, whatever the precise outcome of the battle of the European elections, extreme right-wing groups will become a key force in the Parliament.

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The birth of Power Europe

It has not been reported enough, but what has the Weimar Triangle, which the Guardian calls the Union’s “new powerhouse”, just declared? Well, last Wednesday, the foreign ministers of the three countries that make up the Triangle – Poland, France and Germany – concluded that the European Union should become a “real geopolitical player” – something that France used to call a “Power Europe”.

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Emergency: Ukraine

The first hypothesis is that he wants to take Kharkiv. He is closing in on it so methodically, one suburb after another, that we cannot rule out the possibility that this is Vladimir Putin’s objective, but perhaps he is not lying when he says it is not.

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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.


Bernard Guetta


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