Category: VIEWS

The Brussels consensus

And now what? Now that France, Germany, the European Commission and so many of the Union’s capitals have embraced the principles of joint borrowing and the pooling of investments to deal with this crisis, now that all that remains is to negotiate a compromise with the States that are most committed to balanced budgets in order to achieve unanimity and take action, what is the next step?

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There are five reasons to believe in it. True, panic can still prevail. It could undo everything, even the Union itself, but there are five reasons to believe that the European unity will emerge strengthened from this crisis and finally moves on to political union, its third act after the common market and the single currency.

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One power retires, another emerges

Two sentences say it all. One by Angela Merkel, the other by Benjamin Netanyahu, two sentences pronounced last week at the German and Israeli parliaments, which express in two slow but profound evolvements that could well be reshaping the world.

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The two pillars of the continent

It’s not just on the stock market that you have to buy when prices are down. It is also necessary to do so in politics. For the European Union, the time to open up new prospects to Russia is now, when Russia’s difficulties are multiplying and its president’s room for manoeuvre is shrinking.

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The landscape after the battle

Everything around us will be different. For us Europeans, all will change on the international scene because, as the pandemic is changing the situation or speeding up old trends, nothing is the same anymore in Beijing, Washington and Moscow.

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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