Category: VIEWS

The Fall of the Tsars

Freedom leads 3-0 against dictatorships and how can we not rejoice over this? How can we not think of the Iranians, the Ukrainians, the Chinese, the Russians themselves and so many other victims of so many other satraps who were already rejoicing to see their friend Putin push the democracy into retreat?

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Facing the Kremlin, inconsistency is no longer an option

Everything is making Vladimir Putin the “public enemy number one”. He has become such because, in addition to having attacked Ukraine, destroying it and martyring its population by depriving them of electricity, water and heating, this man is also guilty of two other crimes, both of which threaten world peace.

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Putin and the ones who are always wrong

It is now official. Russia is in recession while the rouble is once again plummeting, but none of those who were explaining with a great certainty that sanctions only hit those who imposed them will have admitted that they have been wrong.

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The 60 days of Tehran

It is not impossible. It is by no means out of the question that November 2022 will go down in history as the month of freedom that would have seen Iran begin the fall of its theocracy after the Ukrainians took back Kherson and American voters made Trump a loser.

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Maggie’s fault

The culprit has a name. If in Israel Benjamin Netanyahu has just won alongside a religious and racist extreme right, if in Brazil Lula was elected only by a small margin against an incumbent as grotesquely macho as totally incompetent, if Mrs. Melloni leads Italy while a coalition of right wing parties and former Nazis has taken control in Stockholm, if Donald Trump has announced his return and the National Rally is not far from gathering half of the votes in France, Margaret Thatcher is at fault.

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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