Category: VERBATIM

For the fighting Algeria

Let us imagine, let us hope, let us dream for a moment. Let us imagine that this immense movement that has been arousing today’s Algeria for so many months now, young, determined and aspiring for dignity, justice and the rule of law – let us imagine that this movement prevails.

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The new Middle East

There’s the horror. The blood that was flowing in Tehran and is still flowing in Baghdad, these hundreds of deaths, but behind this tragedy, it is the birth of a new Middle East that we are witnessing, because…

Let us first look at these demonstrations in Baghdad and Beirut. There are neither Sunnis, nor Kurds, nor Shiites nor Christians at these marches. There are Lebanese people here and Iraqi people there, citizens of these two countries protesting, shoulder to shoulder, against the deterioration of their living conditions, the scale of corruption and the collapse of public services.

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Enlargement, ma non troppo

Paul Germain is hosting every week at the “Bar de l’Europe” of TV5 Monde, in the heart of the European Parliament. A recap of the French position on the opening of negotiations to allow Northern Macedonia to join the European Union and on Donald Trump’s meanderings in the field of foreign policy.

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Eastern Partnership: a new Helsinki

It was a duty and a necessity. As the Union had to open up to the countries of Central Europe, it had to offer a partnership to the eastern countries that this enlargement had made our new neighbours. This partnership has its weaknesses and its achievements. But, ten years later, an obvious fact must become clear to us.

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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