Category: VIEWS

Finally, the storm is rising

It is said cautiously. It is said deliberately in a tone that is monotonous enough so as not to trigger “urgent” and “breaking news” on the press sites. This is, in a word:, Merkel, but how can one explain that the Chancellor’s words reported last week by the Financial Times were not more noticed and commented on?

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Iran: between abdication and revolution

The situation is so obvious that you might think you can hear them debating. For the Iranian leadership, not to repress the protest that began on Saturday, to deal with the anger that has gripped the youth since they acknowledged that the Ukrainian airliner shot down on Wednesday was hit by one of their mistakenly fired missiles, would be to risk that the protests could escalate and become permanent.

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Mr Trump’s poker game

Appearances matter, but they are not everything. With the Iraqi Parliament’s vote on Sunday demanding the departure of the American troops, Donald Trump seems to have played a very bad game. Far from leading to a weakening of Iran, the assassination of General Soleimani, an essential figure of the Islamic Republic, seems to flood the United States with opprobrium throughout the Middle East and make them lose Iraq to the advantage of the mullahs.

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See you in fifteen years

At the side table, two young women were talking, about the pensions, of course, like everyone else in France. “Do you realize, said one of them, that there is a seven hundred euro gap between the pensions of men and women? – And the worst thing, the other said, is that it’s everywhere like that, in all of Europe.” They looked at each other, overwhelmed, and, as talking to nobody in particular, the first one whispered: “And Europe is not even capable of doing anything about it! What’s the point of Europe?”

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The most decisive of all weeks

It’s a pure coincidence. Do not look for an explanation, but in Paris, Algiers, London and Paris again, it is Europe’s destiny that is at stake this week, in four theatres on four essential fronts.

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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.

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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