Category: VIEWS

The antidote to “all is lost”

Everything is going wrong. Yes, yes, listen carefully, read the newspapers, hear the most authoritative voices, they are saying that all is lost, because the next French presidential election would be won by Mrs Le Pen; because Netherlands has become ungovernable since its invention of anti-green populism; because poverty is spreading across Europe up to Berlin; because a “Ukraine fatigue” is threatening Europe as much as the United States and because the Union has just shown itself to be more appalling than ever by failing to come to the Armenians’ aid.

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Even Mrs Meloni has understood

She was wrong, totally wrong. Before she won the election, just a year ago, Mrs Meloni was making a point of resolving the migration issue by the national virtue of a “naval blockade”. Now that the number of migrants has quite simply doubled under her government, she is appealing for EU solidarity by having the President of the Commission come to the island of Lampedusa, where more than 7,000 people have arrived in one day for a population of less than 7,000.

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Dr Musk and the billionocracy

This is no longer democracy. When a private individual, Elon Musk, can decide the course of a war simply because he controls an international communications system which he alone has at his disposal, it is no longer the power of the people but the power of one man.

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The campaign for the European elections could outline the first contours of the new European chessboard

Opinion column published in “Le Monde” on 1 September 2023

What if we were to talk politics, the real politics, the great perils, the great assets, the great challenges? What if the forthcoming European elections were an opportunity to go beyond national party competition and at the same time address, in each of our 27 countries, the storms that threaten us and the means of dealing with them?

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France and its “lost territories”

Just one word – “ghetto” – and you will understand everything. If you are wondering why it is that France so regularly sees the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of its 60s immigrants – who are French as they were born in France – take to the streets to smash up everything, including the schools, city media libraries and sports facilities that they are going to deprive themselves of in the process, the answer is that they live parked up in blocks of flats which constitute little bits of an “elsewhere” on the outskirts of the big cities.

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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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