Category: The union debates…

Coronavirus: Europe must make history

Collective statement of the Renaissance Delegation in the European Parliament, published on 14 March 2020 in Le JDD

On 10 March, we  were informed that China was going to allow the export of 1 000 artificial respirators and tens of thousands of protective suits and masks to our Italian neighbours. Thus, there is nothing abnormal in the shared feeling that Europe is not doing enough and not quickly enough even though the Commission has released significant emergency aid.

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A “Green Deal” for the Union

To meet the challenge of climate change and ensure a fair and inclusive transition, Ursula Von der Leyen presented, on Wednesday 11 December, a Commission action plan to provide the Union with the necessary instruments to make Europe the first carbon neutral continent by 2050.

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Complete renovation

France is causing a scandal. Its partners are pointing it out. They have accused France of irresponsibility, ignorance and Gallo-centrism since its president opposed the opening of accession negotiations with Northern Macedonia and Albania.

How can we not see, they say, that Emmanuel Macron has obliged the Union to break its word, and it can no longer be believed? How can we fail to understand that he has weakened the pro-European democrats in the whole Balkans, that he has opened up the doors of these countries to the Russian, Turkish and Chinese powers, whose only dream is to weaken the Union; in one word: that he is more worried not to bring grist to Mrs Le Pen’s mills than putting the higher ideals of European unity first?

Because those accusations are serious, they deserve answers.

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Brexit, European Commission, Turkey: an overview at the beginning of the mandate

Europe and Great Britain have a new agreement: is it (finally) the end of the soap opera?

Probably yes, because there is one alternative left from the two possible endings. With a positive vote at the Commons on Saturday, nothing will stop Great Britain from leaving the Union at the set date. If the text is rejected, the British will go to the polling booths and Boris Johnson will have a good chance of winning, because apart from the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish separatists, who prefer staying in the European Union, his other opponents have nothing to offer except very confusing propositions. If I had to place a bet, I would bet that this is the end of the story, and it makes me sad because the Union without Great Britain is an amputated Union.

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Mr Macron, the floor is yours

This is not going to be easy. It could even get athletic. Beyond the question of the actual men and women, what is really important is that this process of the appointment of the new Commission give us the chance to stop confusing immigration with the protection of the European model, and especially, not entrust the enlargement and neighbourhood policies to an Orbanite. This is what logic dictates, but what happens after these indispensable debates are over?

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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