Category: VERBATIM

Abandon evil, try good, Mr Putin

Speech in the debate on Russia

Your reasons are clear, Mr Putin: your economic difficulties, the constant rise in your unpopularity, your inability to make peace in Syria after winning the war there and the rejection of your overly long reign by the middle classes are driving you to want to terrify your opponents and turn away your public opinion’s attention by the noise of marching boots which leads to nothing.

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Agreement with China: our conditions

Speech at the plenary session in the debate on the Chinese sanctions

You have committed yourself to this, Mr Xi Jinping.

In this draft investment agreement, you say you want to ratify the ILO conventions.

So do it, Mr. President.

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Emmanuel Macron’s “Whatever it takes”: his winning card for 2022

Op-ed published in “Sud Ouest” on 11 April 2021

By Bernard Guetta, Member of the European Parliament, member of delegation of the French presidential majority

In this opinion piece which “Sud Ouest” publishes, the former columnist and Member of the European Parliament, Bernard Guetta shows that the President of the Republic has “a card to play” to get reelected.

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MYANMAR: Nobility and infamy

Statement on Myanmar at the Foreign Affairs Committee

There are two things involved in this inadmissible coup by the Burmese generals: the nobility of some people, and – have no fear of words – the infamy of others. In defence of the elections, of their freedom, of democracy and of their human dignity, some people take to the streets, armed only with their courage and fuelled only by their indignation.

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Mr Putin, you failed

Speech in the plenary debate on High Representative Josep Borrell’s visit to Russia

With an ounce of intelligence, he could have got the message brought to him by the mere fact that Josep Borrell has come for a visit. With an ounce of finesse, he could have understood that although we condemned, totally condemned, and said it loud and clear that we condemned the judicial harassment inflicted on Alexei Navalny and the arresting of the demonstrators who support him, at the same time we wanted to keep bridges open with Russia, especially when it comes to Iran.

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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