Category: VIEWS

The four lessons of Gaza

Remember what we were hearing just a few weeks ago. Ever since the United Arab Emirates and then Bahrain had signed peace treaties with Israel and Saudi Arabia had tacitly approved them, we had heard everywhere, even between the lines, that there was no longer a Palestinian problem, that they had lost and would no longer have any weight on the international scene.

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The omelette and the hard-boiled eggs

The question is far from being illegitimate. Why, many of our fellow citizens ask, should we replace tried and tested national democracies with an unfinished entity whose borders are shifting and whose institutions are so poorly known?

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Year 1 of the European diplomacy

And yet there it is, taking shape. Worse than being non-existent, it was said to be impossible, given the different and often contradictory histories, cultural connivances and world perceptions of the various states of the Union. But if we look at it more closely, and pay attention not so much to the weight of the past but rather to the sum of its evolutions, we can see a European foreign policy emerging from its limbo.

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Independence in interdependence

Obviously, not everything will be changed in a few months. Even those who would like it, cannot hope that this Conference on the Future of Europe, which is finally being held, will immediately lead to a Europe of Defence or, even less so, to a United States of Europe. By splitting the objectives between long-term projects and immediate reforms we could, however enable the Union to take essential and irreversible steps forward.

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Liar’s dice in Moscow

It is simple, obvious, perfectly clear. Putin has amassed troops on Ukraine’s eastern borders and in annexed Crimea as a reminder that no one could stop him from embarking on a third violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity without risking a war between the Atlantic Alliance and the Russian Federation.

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Foreword

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.

Yours, 

Bernard Guetta

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Identity card

Bernard Guetta

Born on 28 January 1951 in Boulogne-Billancourt
Married, father of two children

Education
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

Publications

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