Category: VERBATIM

Let’s lay the foundations for new EU action against war crimes

Intervention in the plenary session in the debate on the fight against impunity for war crimes in Ukraine

Mr President, Mr Commissioner, my dear colleagues, the outburst of barbarity we are witnessing today in Ukraine is unfortunately nothing new in the 21st century. Let us remember what happened in Aleppo. Let us remember what happened in the whole of Syria ruled by an ally of Mr Putin. It was the same thing, it was the same thing.

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Let us not fear Mr Erdogan

Plenary speech in the debate on the case of Osman Kavala in Turkey

Mr Erdogan thinks he is strong. He thinks he is safe from our criticism, protests and pressure because he believes that Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has made his country an ally that neither the European Union nor the United States could or should do without.

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Reach out our hand to the other Russia

Speech in the debate on the Intensification of repression in Russia, including the case of Alexei Navalny

Mr President, my dear colleagues, I would like to quote a few sentences from a text* that was published two days ago, I believe, by the RIA Novosti agency, that is to say the most official organ of the Kremlin.

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Russia: an Immediate Energy Embargo

Speech in the debate on the conclusions of the European Council of 24 and 25 March 2022, including the latest developments in the war in Ukraine and the EU sanctions against Russia and their implementation

Madam President, High Representative, my dear colleagues. “Yes, yes”, a Russian opposition journalist who has taken refuge in Berlin, where he runs a website which is very, very, very popular in Russia, told me this weekend. “Yes, yes,” he said, “but what can I say to those of my compatriots who say to me: “But the Europeans, the Westerners are hostile to us, since they are taking these sanctions against us, and we are going to suffer.

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Mr Putin was wrong about everything

Speech in the plenary debate with the Prime Minister of Estonia, Kaja Kallas, on the EU’s role in a changing world and the security situation of Europe following the Russian aggression and invasion of Ukraine

He was convinced that there would be no Ukrainian resistance and he was wrong.

He was convinced that the 27 would not react and he was wrong.

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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