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What does the Polish court ruling INDICATE?

Serious, unspeakable and even downright grave, it is something that we cannot stand idly by. When the Polish leaders get a Constitutional Court at their orders to decide that national law takes precedence over European law, they are violating the Treaties that their country has voluntarily signed and are thus undermining all the institutions common to the 27 States of the Union.

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The Year One of European Defence

A year ago, this would have been impossible and even inconceivable. Even six months ago, the European Parliament would not have so easily adopted a report on Euro-American relations stating from the outset that the European Union must “develop its strategic autonomy in terms of defence and economic relations”.

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Mr. Xi dreamed of it, Mr. Biden did it

The French industry will survive this. It is even possible that the inconsistency of the United States and its manner of treating its allies will bring it new clients, but what is being damaged today, really, seriously, gravely, is the solidarity of the great democracies, because for Europeans, for all Europeans and not only for France, the message is clear.

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Dictatorship is no sinecure

These Russian elections will be like no other. They will of course have nothing to do with a democratic election, the results of which are always uncertain. Nor will they be comparable to the distorted competitions of “democratorships” which, like Hungary, can muzzle the press but must nevertheless submit to the verdict of the ballot boxes. Nor will next weekend’s Russian elections be comparable to those of Soviet times, which fully guaranteed the triumph of the forecasters, but then what?

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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