Category: VIEWS

Hats off to you, Mr. Prosecutor!

Many are not paying much attention to it. Many see it as a non-event, since Vladimir Putin will not be sent to The Hague or even impeached, but by issuing an arrest warrant against him, the International Criminal Court has made history.

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“Coup de theatre” in Beijing

What is the most important thing here? Is it that two such irreconcilable adversaries as Iran and Saudi Arabia announced on Friday 10 March that they would restore diplomatic relations within two months? Or is it that they did this from Beijing and thanks to China’s mediation?

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Israel against Israel

This has not been seen in any of the democracies falling into dictatorship or threatening to do so. Not in Hungary, Poland or Donald Trump’s United States have such crowds taken to the streets to defend freedom.

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The reasons for the Ukrainian optimism

What if they were right? What if it wasn’t just the need to believe in the victory which made the Ukrainian leaders say that their country would win the war and already this year?

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Chinese billiards

China would benefit from it threefold. If the peace plan it intends to present at the end of the week really opens up the prospect of a settlement in Ukraine, China would avoid a brutal slowdown in international trade, which would seriously damage its economy and political stability. For China, the issue is vital, but that is not all.

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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