Category: VERBATIM

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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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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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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