Category: VIEWS

The “formats” of the nested Europe

The contrast is striking. At the end of the last century, the United States had to take matters into its own hands to silence the guns in the former Yugoslavia, whereas today, faced with the new fire threatening Kosovo, the firefighters are European.

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The three tasks of the Russian opposition

Both at home and in the diaspora, they are feeling around and searching. In other words, the Russian opposition is still a long way from forming one single opposition with common objectives and a common programme, but in Berlin a short while ago, in Paris last week and in the European Parliament on 5 and 6 June, their meetings are multiplying and their convergences are getting more and more pronounced because they are now all convinced that they will have to define the “post-Putinism”.

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Message to the “Global South”

They would have every reason to support Ukraine. Latin American countries should remember that they too have a powerful neighbour that has long regarded them as their “backyard” and has not entirely lost its desire to impose a suzerainty on them. African countries, for their part, should not ignore the fact that Mr Putin’s attempt to annex Ukraine is as anachronistic and crazy as if France were to set out to reconquer Algeria or Britain to reclaim Nigeria.

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The Message from Ankara

When they deal with the future, polls are no more reliable than forecasts. This is the first, universal, conclusion to be drawn from the Turkish elections, and the other two are no less universal, for normally, hyperinflation, the stifling of liberties and the corruption boom should have inflicted the most humiliating defeat on Recep Erdoğan and his party.

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Putin, or the impotence of a president

One refuses to believe it. One does not even want to consider it, but everything suggests that Vladimir Putin is no longer in control. President, he still is, in title at least, but could a head of state in charge really let pass, without giving any reaction, an insult directed at a Minister of Defence to whom he is notoriously close and at the Chief of Staff to whom he has personally entrusted the conduct of Ukrainian operations?

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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