« 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

[:en]Newsletter 01/2019: From Europe 2020 to the horizon 2040[:fr]Newsletter 01/2019: D’Europe 2020 à l’horizon 2040[:]



Last December, the Franck Biancheri Award was presented to AEGEE-Angers for its congress project “Being Franck Biancheri in 2019 … imagining the 2040 horizon” to be held from 1st to 7th July 2019 in Angers, France. As part of its continuity, the think-tank LEAP2020 (created by Franck Biancheri, initially known as Europe2020, member of the Franck Biancheri network) initiates a transition work from 2020 to 2040, supported by a multi-disciplinary team of young Europeans, independent and non-partisan.

We could not fail to mark these events with an iconic photo (by Philippe Portalier, who has photographed Franck for over 25 years) taken at the foot of the Acropolis in Athens on 24 May 1998, when Franck Biancheri wrote his speech “Europe 2020 – Reinventing Europe“: a democratic Europe, a transparent Europe, an efficient Europe, a Europe exploring the path of sustainable development, a Europe, serene, active and uncomplicated in the world …

It is on this path that the Friends of Franck Biancheri continue their work of memory and transmission. A work that will be reported to you in one year as part of our Europe2020 Congress (March 2020) to which you are warmly invited to join, and during which we will “transmit” effectively to the new generations the torch. Lastly, a job recognised by the honor of being able to entrust the archives of Franck Biancheri for the posterity of researchers and teachers by entering the pantheon of one of the founding fathers of Europe, Jean Monnet.

Thank you for accompanying us faithfully and supporting us and choosing to become a member of the association.

Marianne Ranke-Cormier (AAFB, vice-president)


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En décembre dernier le Prix Franck Biancheri a été remis à l’antenne AEGEE-Angers pour son projet de congrès “Dans la peau de Franck Biancheri en 2019… imaginant l’horizon 2040” qui se tiendra des 1er au 7 juillet 2019 à Angers en France. Dans le cadre de sa continuité le think-tank LEAP2020 (créé par Franck Biancheri initalement sous le nom de Europe2020, membre du réseau Franck Biancheri) initie un travail de transition de 2020 à 2040, porté par une équipe de jeunes européens pluri-disciplinaire, indépendante et non-partisane.

Nous ne pouvions manquer de marquer ces évènements par une photo emblématique (de Philippe Portalier, qui a tant photographié Franck durant plus de 25 ans) prise au pied de l’Acropole à Athènes, le 24 mai 1998, quand Franck Biancheri écrivait son discours “Europe 2020Réinventer l’Europe“: une Europe démocratique, une Europe transparente, une Europe efficiente, une Europe qui explore la voie du développement durable, une Europe dans le monde sereine, active et sans complexe…

C’est sur cette voie là que les Amis de Franck Biancheri poursuivent leur oeuvre de mémoire et de transmission. Un travail dont il vous sera rendu compte dans un an dans le cadre de notre congrès Europe2020 (mars 2020) auquel vous êtes chaleureusement conviés à venir vous joindre très nombreux, et au cours duquel nous “transmettrons” effectivement aux nouvelles générations le flambeau. Un travail recompensé enfin par l’honneur de pouvoir confier les archives de Franck Biancheri pour la postérité des chercheurs et des enseignants en entrant au panthéon d’un des pères fondateurs de l’Europe, Jean Monnet.

Merci à vous de nous accompagner fidèlement et de nous soutenir et en choisissant de devenir membre de l’association!

Marianne Ranke-Cormier (vice-présidente de l’AAFB)


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