« 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]A feedback on the activities of the Friends of Franck Biancheri[:fr]Un petit retour en images sur les activités des Amis de Franck Biancheri[:]

[:en]∴ Board meeting in Cannes (July 2018)

∴ With AEGEE-Europe old/new CD in Brussels (July 2018)

In July Marie-Hélène Caillol, Marianne Ranke-Cormier and Philippe Portalier had a meeting with the new board of AEGEE-Europe at the head office in Brussels. This was also an opportunity to discuss the history of AEGEE’s founding, the role of AEGEE in the Erasmus program, political anticipation, the vision of Europe’s young people in 20 years, and the role of AEGEE as a relay of civil society to younger generations.


AAFB and CitizensRoute2019 at ECIT Summer University on European citizenship (Sept. 2018)

On 7/8th of September Marianne Ranke-Cormier, vice-president and president of CitizensRoute2019, was invited to join the panel “Preparing for the European elections” during the ECIT Summer University in Brussels, next to Virgilio Dastoli, President of the Italian Council of European Movement, and Andrew Duff,  President of the Spinelli Group. The event encouraged the bringing together of a significant amount of material, from civil society organisations, academics and policy makers. Dialogue between these three groups has been shown to be highly productive, so the report could provide a useful resource for all those studying or looking into the potential for action offered by this first legally established transnational citizenship of the modern era. Read the report here: SUMMER UNIVERSITY ON EUROPEAN CITIZENSHIP (ECIT, 6/7 Sept. 2018) – ECIT website


AAFB and LEAP at AEGEE’s Autumn Agora… looking towards 2040 (Oct. 2019)

The first week of October, AAFB once more had the priviledge of being invited in AEGEE’s Autumn Agora. This edition of AEGEE’s impressive bi-yearly network gatherings was hosted in Istanbul, joined by 700 members ! Marie-Hélène Caillol had the opportunity to present this year’s Franck Biancheri Award 2019: “Being Franck Biancheri in 2019… looking at 2040” in plenary session. Together with Jordi Lafon from LEAP, she was also invited as president of LEAP2020 to participate in a workshop on Europe2040, a new project this year’s Comité Directeur is launching. The topic is obviously mobilizing as it was joined by a group of 50 students. AAFB, LEAP and AEGEE thus inaugurated a fruitful and visionary year of cooperation. -> Go to the AEGEE’s Autumn Agora facebook page

[divider][:fr]∴ Réunion du bureau à Cannes (Juillet 2018)

∴ Réunion avec les membres de l’ancien et du nouveau CD de AEGEE-Europe à Bruxelles (Juillet 2018)

En Juillet Marie-Hélène Caillol, Marianne Ranke-Cormier et Philippe Portalier on t rencontré les nouveaux membres du CD de AEGEE-Europe dans leurs bureaux à Bruxelles. Une occasion pour discuter de la fondation de AEGEE, de son rôle dans le programme Erasmus, d’anticipation politique, de la vision des jeunes pour l’Europe dans 20 ans, et du rôle d’AEGEE en tant que relais de la société civile auprès des jeunes générations.


 AAFB et CitizensRoute2019 à l’Université d’été de l’ECIT  (Sept. 2018)

Les 7/8 Septembre Marianne Ranke-Cormier, vice-présidente AAFB et présidente de CitizensRoute2019, avait été invitée dans le cadre de l’université d’été de l’ECIT à Bruxelles, à intervenir aux côtés de Virgilio Dastoli, Président du Mouvement européen Italie, et Andrew Duff,  Président du Groupe Spinelli, sur le panel “Preparing for the European elections”.  Cet événement a encouragé le rassemblement d’une quantité importante de matériel, provenant d’organisations de la société civile, d’universitaires et de décideurs. Le dialogue entre ces trois groupes s’est révélé très productif, le rapport pourrait donc constituer une ressource utile pour tous ceux qui étudient le potentiel d’action offert par cette première citoyenneté transnationale légalement établie de l’ère moderne. Le rapport final est disponible ici (anglais): SUMMER UNIVERSITY ON EUROPEAN CITIZENSHIP (ECIT, 6/7 Sept. 2018) – Le site de l’ECIT


AAFB et LEAP à l’Agora d’automne AEGEE … à l’horizon 2040

La première semaine d’octobre, AAFB a eu une fois de plus le privilège d’être invité à l’Agora d’automne d’AEGEE. La présente édition des impressionnants rassemblements biannuels du réseau AEGEE s’est tenue à Istanbul, à laquelle ont participé 700 membres! Marie-Hélène Caillol a eu l’occasion de présenter le Prix Franck Biancheri 2019 : “Être Franck Biancheri en 2019 … à l’horizon 2040” en séance plénière. Avec Jordi Lafon de LEAP, elle a également été invitée en qualité de présidente de LEAP2020 à participer à un atelier sur Europe2040, un nouveau projet lancé par le Comité Directeur de cette année. Le sujet est évidemment mobilisateur puisqu’il a été rejoint par un groupe de 50 étudiants.  AAFB, LEAP et AEGEE ont ainsi inauguré une année de coopération fructueuse et visionnaire. -> Aller à la page facebook: Agora d’automne d’AEGEE