Category: VERBATIM

If we don’t have a common defence, we have no defence at all

Parliament organises a debate twice a year on the progress achieved in the Common Foreign and Security Policy (PESC) and the Common Securty and Defence Policy (PSDC). It adopts two annual reports: one on the PESC, compiled by the Committee of Foreign Affairs (AFET) which can contain elements relating to the PSDC; and another one on the PSDC, elaborated by the “Security and Defense” subcommitte (SEDE). Debate with rapporteur Arnaud Danjean, at the joint meeting of the two committees.

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Illiberal democracy, democracy without counterbalance

For Bernard Guetta, former journalist and Member of the European Parliament of Renaissance, the Central European countries’ transition to market economy was a success. But the shock therapy leading there left them with consequences which explain the democratic regression.

In your latest book, Investigation Hungary (then Poland, Italy and Austria) you point out the fact that the current champions of illiberal democracy correspond geographically to the territory of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Does the nostalgia for lost grandeur explain the disaffection with democracy?

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Mr Erdoğan, there is neither wisdom nor vision in your military adventure

Let’s see things as they are and let’s speak clearly. The potential creation of a Syrian Kurdistan on the Anatolian border can be regarded as an intolerable threat to the territorial integrity of Turkey. If we did not understand this, the entry of Turkish troops into Syria would remain inexplicable, but is this military adventure admissible?

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The most important thing is that the European Union is asserting itself

Speech on the priorities of the legislative mandate, at the meeting of the Renew Europe Group in Frankfurt

I would like to tell you that I have been surprised, positively surprised by the depth of agreement within our group. I was not expecting that. I did not expect that for two reasons. The first is that in the Renew Group there are children of Adam Smith and children of Maynard Keynes. They are not exactly the same. In this same group, there are, evidently, people from old, great world powers, who are guarding a nostalgia of the important role their country used to play on the international scene, and people from countries that, for very different reasons, rather aspire for a neutrality and for the protection of the great ally on the other side of the Atlantic.

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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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