Category: VIEWS

The resistible rise of Mr Putin

There is nothing irresistible about him. He threatens us, brandishes his nuclear arsenal and claims to see “declarations of war” in our economic sanctions and upcoming arms shipments to Ukraine, but let’s observe him for a moment.

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Putin’s worrying defeat

Putin is on the ropes. This is as worrying as it is pleasing, since he will stop at nothing to try to regain control, but we must already think about the new relations that we could propose to post-Putin Russia.

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Mr Putin’s losing game

He is often called “strong” to suggest even more clearly that democracies, on the other hand, are supposed to be weak. There are those who judge him as “patriotic” and admire him for it. Some others predict that he will soon have reconstituted the USSR, and still others prefer him to the United States, which they accuse of bringing war to Europe by wanting to “annex Ukraine to NATO”.

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Mr Putin’s four aces

There is still a chance left for him not to destabilise Europe and lose everything. Whether he enters Ukraine or gives up without having obtained anything, today Vladimir Putin is checkmated, but he could still choose to come out on top and go down in history as a man of peace and not of war.

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The weakening of Ankara, Moscow and Beijing

They fascinate as much as they alarm. Xi, Putin and Erdogan are stirring the Westerners’ slumber, but far from being as strong as they would have us believe, they are running out of steam and skidding because the sky is darkening over their heads.

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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