« 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 whom will the bricks of the Berlin Wall fall? (IDE -1989)

Proposals for a common European policy


Even before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Franck Biancheri, who with AEGEE, had crossed European roads and therefore crossed the Wall and the Iron Curtain (notably with AEGEE-Berlin and by bus for more than 30 hours), called on Western Europeans to prepare for the grand opening, because for him it was impossible for this Wall between the two German states to resist under the pressure of citizens and the call for freedom embodied in the European project (freedom of movement, freedom of establishment, market freedom…). Preparing for the reunification of Germany was also a key element of the IDE (Initiative for a European Democracy) programme for the European elections in June 1989.

The day after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Franck Biancheri asked the question “What unexpected and perhaps embarrassing results for the European Community are behind this sudden decision?”. And in his article published on November 10, 1989 “On whom will the bricks of the Berlin Wall fall?” or “proposals for a common European policy”, he outlines the challenges and tools to be put in place. Because even in the euphoria of the moment, he was trying to anticipate the different scenarios that were then facing Europe for the next 20 to 30 years.


It is a real political proposal in which he called on the leaders in Europe not to let themselves be overtaken by the historic event he represented and to anticipate all the consequences that the fall of the Wall would have for the future of Germany and Europe.

These will be the enlargements to the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, and further on to the Balkans. This will be the urgent need to define a genuine common neighbourhood policy, in particular to offer Russia its place in the geostrategic upheavals that the Eurasian continent was about to undergo. It will also be to invent democratisation tools to enable citizens in both East and West to understand, support and adhere to this new direction that Europe was going to take, while guaranteeing their future in a Europe they would have chosen to support.


It must be said that in the absence of a political vision and in particular in the absence of democratic tools to carry out this political vision, Europe is once again locking itself into walls.

– The former Eastern Europe because it has not yet digested its painful past under the yoke of the USSR and is seeking, as it once did, the protection of walls.

– Western Europe, because it has, without admitting it, “badly experienced” all the new openings due to the lack of preparation, anticipation and vision of the European political class, such as the enlargements or the Euro, sees its prerogatives gradually dissolving while it has still not achieved the trans-European democratic counterweight, Hence the rise of extremism, sovereignism and violations of Community rules such as the freedom of movement of individuals…, and of States that are cowering over themselves, at a time when this exercise is completely illusory, energy-intensive and costly.

– The last Wall that remained to be blown up and that Franck Biancheri called with all his heart to allow Europe to finally follow its own destiny, was that of the Dollar, an opening to the world, and in particular to the BRICS.

But Europe, without political leadership specifically dedicated to it, under the sole pressure of its Member States, is also tightening up and preparing to build new walls. They are named Ukraine/Russia, NATO, Schengen, CETA and TTIP (because even free trade are ultimately protectionist fora that are inevitably built up), they are also the inter-generation walls and the Brussels Ivory Tower…


Marianne Ranke-Cormier (excerpts from the introduction to the booklet “1989-2014: From one wall to another” -October 2014)


👉 On whom will the bricks of the Berlin Wall fall? Proposals for an European common policy (french document only): Sur qui vont tomber les briques du Mur de Berlin ? Propositions pour une politique européenne commune – Franck Biancheri, 10 novembre 1989