Category: The union debates…

“Let us work to ensure that the end of the East-West confrontation is the beginning of a new era of continental democracy and prosperity.”

Collective op-ed published by Le Monde on the 1st of April

In an address to the Russian people, four presidents of European parliamentary groups, including Manfred Weber (European People’s Party), Stéphane Séjourné (Renew) and Manon Aubry (La Gauche), explain that the only threat to Vladimir Putin is “his fear that Ukraine could become a successful and prosperous democracy”.

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Helping Ukrainian refugees: an emergency and a principle

Speech at the plenary debate on the deterioration of the refugee situation due to the Russian aggression against Ukraine

Madam President, my dear colleagues, there are at least three categories of refugees in this drama.

The first is, of course, the Ukrainian refugees, and we owe it to them to finally organise – and this should already have been done – the distribution between our 27 countries, because Poland and, tomorrow, Romania, cannot bear this burden alone.

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An address to the Russian people on the 30-year anniversary of the end of the Soviet Union

This article was published simultaneously in several European newspapers on 8 December 2021.

Thirty years after the break-up of the Soviet Union, thirty-two years after the Central European revolutions, again in such times when your freedoms do not cease to decline, let us dream of the day when your Federation and our Union will find the paths of an understanding and a cooperation which are absolutely necessary for Europe and the world.

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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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