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Poverty Historian Bronislaw Geremek Joins History

(BRUSSELS2) Bronislaw Geremek was 76 years old this summer. He died today on a road in western Poland after his car collided – for unknown reasons – with another car in the opposite direction.

Bronislaw Geremek was first and foremost a historic figure of Solidarnosc. He had been one of those intellectuals to join the ranks of the first opponents – the workers of the Gdansk shipyards in particular.

He was then one of the politicians who best anchored the new Poland to the European Union: Minister of Foreign Affairs of his country (1997-2000) then MEP, from 2004 (under the label of the Liberals and Democrats). ). If, at times, his positions (more or less in favor of the intervention in Iraq or the Bolkestein directive) may have been surprising, he remained what he always was: an upright man.

He was also one of the best specialists in the history of poverty, particularly in the Middle Ages, and had devoted many years of his life and several works to it. “The poor have the right to history. The poor have the right to participate in the advantages and benefits of a modern society and must not be victims of exclusion.” he liked to say. A very current position and a reflection of the man's commitment (text relating his participation in an ATQ Fourth World workshop: here)

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

Also read theeditorial by Francois-Régis Hutin published in Ouest-France (Sat July 19) which relates the entire personality of the man (in my opinion one of the most complete that can be found in the French press).

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).