Category: VIEWS


Africa, first of all Africa. It was when Emmanuel Macron spoke about it at length last week in the European Parliament that it became clear that it is an urgency to develop a vision of the Union for the next ten or fifteen years and not just the programme of a six-month presidency.

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Macron vs. Putin

The Westerners are wrong. Diplomats and journalists in particular say that Emmanuel Macron is wrong to think that the European Union could assert itself as a player on the international scene, and Vladimir Putin is right to believe in the Union so little that he entered into an arm wrestling match about Ukraine rather with the United States and not with the European Union.

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Three things, Mr Putin

The first thing to say to you, Mr. President, is that I would react as you would. If the Swiss Confederation, on the borders of France and three other countries of the European Union, decided to join a military alliance dominated by Russia, I would be concerned and I would hope that, sovereignty of the Confederation or not, our governments would not only react in words.

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Russia’s Year One

This will be the year of the great choice, the one that will define this century. Yes 2022 will be the year when Russia will finally choose between the two strategic possibilities that are open to it, that of allying with China against the Western powers or, conversely, that of drawing closer to the European Union and the United States by isolating an overly ambitious neighbour with whom a tête-à-tête would be too risky.

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Ukraine on a coin flip

Heads: the seven richest major democracies are raising their voices. Also heads: the G7 followed Joe Biden’s lead on Sunday in warning Vladimir Putin of the “massive consequences” of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. But tails: a negotiation is underway or is being sought in any case.

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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.


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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