« 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

On 9 May, Europe Day, the history of the European Community is at a turning point: for the first time, its citizens will be able to vote for the same political programme in several countries. IDE, European elections 1989

On May 9, 1989, 30 years ago, Philippe Portalier, founding member and candidate of the IDE list in France and founding member of the AAFB, signed the editorial of IDE’s Info newsletter n°11. In 1989 IDE was the very first trans-European political party in the history of Europe.

On 9 May, Europe day, the history of the European Community is undergoing a decisive turning point: for the first time, its citizens will be able to vote for the same political programme in several countries.

Indeed IDE has just officially registered its lists of candidates for the next European elections in the Netherlands, where the guarantee has been posted, and in Spain, where the list is supported by 69 local elected officials. With the submission of the list in France (before 2 June), IDE achieved its first campaign objective; to have eligible candidates in at least 3 Community countries; the second one remains: to get 5% of the votes during the “race to the European women” on 15 and 18 June 1989.

Ready? Go!

Let’s make of this 9th May a day to remember all those who have contributed to giving Europeans a future!


In the same newsletter are published:


  • Franck Biancheri’s speech to the IDE-II congress, which was held in Evry on 8 April 1989 and brought together 350 citizens from all over the European Community “Eurocitizens versus National Parties: the match is commenced !”
  • a tribune of Jean-François Monteil, Vice-President of IDE-Europe, “JUNE 18 IN FRANCE: YES TO EUROPE WITH EUROPEANS – Let’s become Eurocitizens”
  • IDE’s participation in the 9th Home Salon rally in Tunisia in early April 1989

Read the newsletter here: IDE Info n° 11, 09/05/89