« Antidemocratic and xenophobic forces of Europe have always been attracted by the European unity dream, the mystic of the imperial Rome»
(FB - 1998)
" Being a citizen is a voluntary act "
(FB - 2009)
"Thinking about the future only makes sense if it is aimed at improving one’s thinking about the present and about the trends at work"
(FB - 1998)
"The European project is not a dream, but a hope. It is rooted in rationality, which is not the case with dreams. We Europeans have seen our dreams end in nightmares too often not to be suspicious."
(FB - 2005)
"The strength of a network is judged at the information level of the weakest link, or more precisely the link furthest from the centre of the network."
(FB - 2004)
"Europe's destiny is escaping the two "Greats" and it will come knocking on the door of the Europeans."
(FB - 1989)
"The history of Europe is a bit like a multifaceted diamond. Everyone sees the same diamond... but no one sees exactly the same facets."
(FB - E-storia project, 2004)
"Let us dare the future as the founding fathers of Europe did"
(FB - "From EU to Euroland", 2001)
"The European citizenship can not be decreed. The European citizen can only be born..."
(FB - 1992)
"Every state is a minority in the EU. In any case, let’s not forget that if all our states went into building the EU it is because they all felt too small to face alone both their future and the rest of the world."
(FB - 2003)
"From a single (EU) Currency to a single (EU) Citizenship. The euro is only an instrument."
(FB - 1997)
"An empire is always providing platforms where conflicts and wars prolife­rate... an empire needs enemies, whilst a Community requires partners."
(FB - 1992)
"Europe’s history has taught us that dreams and nightmares are the two faces of the same coin"
(FB - “Europe is Peace” 2006)
"Everybody wants to have a successful enlargement whereas it is a successful enlarged EU which is important."
(FB - 2002)
"It is clear that the existing national political parties can not serve two masters: national and European."
(FB - IDE, 1989)
"It takes teamwork to make Europe move forward."
(FB - 2005)
"There is nothing like one European. The European is a team of Europeans... the only way we can imagine a European, it is a team of people from different countries, not a single man or woman."
(FB - Enschede (NL) 2012)
"On the horizon with a heaven of freedom and a land of responsibility, this is perhaps the soul of Europe."
(FB - 1992)
"The future challenge for the European project is not about Europe anymore, it is about the Europeans."
(FB - 2005)
"The more Brussels speaks English, the less Brussels understands the Europeans"
(FB - 2004)
"Occupy the Future of Europe!"
("What do YOU want as a future for AEGEE?" Franck Biancheri at the 2012 Agora in Enschede)
"To combine new technologies and democratic principles to succeed in the entry of European integration in the 21st century or e-democracy at the service of Euro-democracy"
(FB - EUSV, 2001)
"In the years 00 of the 21st century, democratization can only take place in the perspective of the democratic election of a European executive that remains to be invented."
(FB - EUSV, 2001)
"We must build the European Community, otherwise Europe will soon be culturally Americanised, politically Finlandised and technologically Japanised"
EGEE I, 1984

The end of Europe? Inflation, energy crisis, border war… what Franck Biancheri (1961-2012) would say today. AAFB Conference-debate, Menton, March 18th, 2023

European opinions for a debate with people of Menton


As part of the 10th anniversary of the death of Franck Biancheri, in partnership with the City of Menton, The Laboratoire Européen d’Anticipation Politique (LEAP2040), the Fondation Jean Monnet pouyr l’Europe, AAFB, the association of the Friends of Franck Biancheri, organizes a conference-debate,


• The end of Europe? Inflation, energy crisis, border wars…
What Franck Biancheri from Menton (1961-2012) would say today


Saturday, March 18th, 2023 (3.00pm/5.00pm), Palais de l’Europe in Menton (France)


The European Union, a project of peace and prosperity, is inevitably facing an existential questioning in a context of rising borders, major infrastructure crisis (energy and others), inflation and conflict at its borders. Should we anticipate the end of Europe? If so, which Europe is disappearing? And what is emerging in its place?


Thirty years ago, a native of Menton, Franck Biancheri, predicted a bleak future for the EU if it failed to democratize itself by inventing the mechanisms to connect to the common interest of its citizens. He passed away exactly 10 years ago, what would he say in 2023 about this Europe in which he believed?


Since he is unfortunately not here to tell us, the Association of his friends and fellow travelers (AAFB), in partnership with the City of Menton, wanted to convene a panel of Europeans. Sharing a common history of commitment to his side, but following for 10 years distinct paths, committed Europeans, from different professional backgrounds, will answer from their various angles to this question: “Is the end of Europe?
This diversity of viewpoints will provide the framework for an open and tolerant debate with the audience of participants.


Conference-debate for an audience of Mentonnais, elected officials Mentonnais, students of Sciences Po Menton, AAFB network, representatives of other organizations / institutions non-local partners (100 to 200 people). Discussions in French. Followed by a cocktail.


Registration mandatory (online form here)


Invitation and programme in French: La Fin de l’Europe – Présentation


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It is necessary to build the European Community, otherwise Europe will soon be culturally Americanized, politically Finlandized and technologically Japaneseized (Franck Biancheri, EGEE I, 1984)