Category: VIEWS

See you on November 3rd

It comes to me every now and again. I’m ashamed of it because it’s a really twisted and totally unholy idea, but here it is. I am thinking to myself: if Trump were to be re-elected, massively, clearly, indisputably, it would actually come with many advantages.

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Open letter to Vladimir Putin

The temptation is strong, Mr. President, but beware! You can tell yourself, of course, that all you would have to do is save Alexander Lukashenko to be able to force him to agree to an “integration process” between his country and yours, because he has his back to the wall after five weeks of demonstrations.

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The constrained Power

This can lead to wars, even though it is not ready for them. This can fracture it to the point of breaking up. Conversely, this could also close its ranks and finally turn it into the political power it is still so far from being. We don’t know. It is far too early to say, but the fact is that everything forces the European Union to become a player on the international scene today.

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Mr. Putin’s limitations

This aspiration knows no boundaries. It was this aspiration that brought down the Iron Curtain in 1989. It was the one that led the Iranians to demonstrate for six months in 2009. It was also the one that sparked the Arab Springs of 2011, whose strength and provisional failure are so reminiscent of the European Spring of 1848. It is again the same one that had raised Hong Kong before giving the Belarusians the courage to defy their despot, and this aspiration for freedom announces, without a doubt, the awakening of a Russia that we feel so tired of living too long in a state of constantly going backwards.

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The Social Contract and “the Every Man for Himself”

Beware of summers. They are associated with holidays, a parenthesis within the stress of the political year, but it happened during a month of August that the forces of the Warsaw Pact had crushed the Prague Spring, that Iraq had invaded Kuwait or, happier but even more fundamental, that Solidarity was born, the first free trade union of the communist world, a world whose death bells Solidarity started to ring.

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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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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