Category: VIEWS

Mr Putin and the three weaknesses of the West

This is not just a brutal, frontal and long-planned attack on women’s liberation. Beyond this aggression against half of humanity, the US Supreme Court ruling reversing the right to terminate a pregnancy also highlights three weaknesses of Western democracies that are just as much assets for Mr Putin.

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This step obliges Europe to act

We were six; we will soon be thirty-six and one day even more. We cannot see it because it remains inconceivable, but by going to Kiev to say that they were in favour of granting Ukraine candidate country status as early as this week, the French and Romanian Presidents, the German Chancellor and the Italian President of the Council have in fact paved the way for the complete unity of the European continent, from Lisbon to Vladivostok.

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“Victory for Ukraine, freedom for Russia!”

Three hundred people, maybe four hundred, it was not an immeasurable crowd but still. At the Place de la Bastille, it was the first time, on Sunday 12 June, that the new Russians of Paris gathered against the war in Ukraine, and similar meetings were held on the same day in thirty-five cities in twenty other countries. “Victory for Ukraine, freedom for Russia!” was the chant, and Bernard Guetta opened the rally thus:

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I am afraid he might be mistaken. There is no doubt a presumption in saying this since, unlike him, I do not meet regularly with the Russian and Ukrainian presidents, but I fear that Emmanuel Macron is wrong when he says and he keeps hammering that “we must not humiliate Russia”.

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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