Category: VIEWS

The Biden doctrine

What if it is not at all incoherent? What if, on the contrary, the way in which the United States has just reaffirmed its long-standing ties with the Saudi Kingdom while at the same time naming the Crown Prince as the instigator of Jamal Khashoggi’s assassination set a precedent for a new doctrine?

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The Italian-French front Europe needs

Mario Macron or Emmanuel Draghi, you call them as you wish, they can call themselves as they wish, but these two must urgently stand together and adopt a common programme because, now that it has been won, the battle begins.

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Sanction the Kremlin, not Russia

Sanctions, yes, of course. The EU could not possibly fail to impose them when it debates its Russian policy next week, because Vladimir Putin has not simply put back in prison the man whom his services had failed to poison. He also slapped the 27 in the face in the person of Josep Borrell, the head of their diplomacy, who had come to Moscow on a good offices mission.

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Panic in the Kremlin

Mr Putin has just played against his country and, incidentally, shot himself in the foot. Mr Putin is definitely losing his hand, he panics and blinds himself because what did he do when the European Union sent him the head of its diplomacy to try to prevent the Navalny affair from jeopardising any joint action by the 27 and the Russians on their common grounds of interest?

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So far, things are more or less going well, but…

The worst cannot be ruled out. Let us imagine for a moment that the funds of the European recovery plan take even longer to be allocated, that industrial and commercial bankruptcies stifle trade, and that a crisis, a real crisis, sets in with its cohorts of unemployed and its stock market collapse. Let us imagine that, at the same time, for fear of weakening his Senate majority, Joe Biden wastes too much time seeking a compromise with the Republicans, that, as a consequence, the recovery of the American economy is compromised and that the loss of confidence in this new president ends up paralysing his team.

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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.

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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