Category: VERBATIM

A new page turns for Iran

Madam President, there will never be “normalisation” in Iran. A return to the status quo ante is now impossible because the protests have become too widespread and the repression too harsh for the regime to take things back under its control.

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Dusk is falling on a faltering tsar

Speech at the plenary session in the debate on Russia’s escalating war of aggression against Ukraine

Ladies and gentlemen, the question today is where we stand.

On the Ukrainian side, the counter-offensive has been a tremendous success, since after the advances in the east, the troops of liberation are now moving towards Kherson.

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Remember, and you will see that your end is approaching

Speech at the plenary session in the debate on the death of Mahsa Amini and the repression of women’s rights protesters in Iran

Mister President, five hundred, eight hundred, three thousand deaths or more: we know, unfortunately, that you, the Pasdaran and the other basijis will not count them in order to keep your power. The Supreme Guide, your leader, has encouraged you to do so. This popular revolt, this revolt of women defending women and freedom can probably be crushed by your weapons and your cynicism. But watch out! Beware you profiteers and defenders of this regime!

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Germany must intensify its efforts to help Ukraine win the war

On 24 February, as the tanks rolled over the Russo-Ukrainian border and missiles rained through the night sky, Putin declared his war of aggression against Ukraine. The days of appeasement are over, the veil was lifted. Putin came to conquer – not only Ukraine, but more broadly, also Europe. Putin has dragged the Western world into a systemic conflict between democracy and dictatorship, freedom and oppression, rule of law or rule by force.

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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