« 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

Marianne Ranke Cormier

Populisms, democracy, Europe – Online conference, Tuesday 29th of September 2020 at 18.15

Marie-Hélène Caillol, our president and director of LEAP2040, will speak alongside Jerome CREEL (OFCE), Lewis DIJKSTRA (REGIO) on the next online conference « Populisms, democracy, Europe » organised by the UEF groupe Europe, in collaboration with european-citizen.eu plateform and GRASPE,   on Tuesday 29th of September 2020 at 18.15. Debate accessible here. Join us! (more …

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From “laissez-faire” to “let die”- Americans in distress (quotations from Franck Biancheri, 2005)

The list is long of resignations and irresponsibilities that lead from “laissez-faire” to “let die”: in one week, the whole world, including American citizens, were able to discover it live in what was until recently the richest country in the world. (Excerpts from “Katrina: Ouragan sur le néo-libéralisme” (Katrina: Hurricane on neo-liberalism) – Franck Biancheri, …

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Open Letter for a EU “Marshall” Plan for Training and Education to Avoid the Socio-Economic Collapse

EU Resilience Collective a growing force of euro-citzens and organisations is launching this open letter addressing European leaders, Ursula von der Leyen, David Sassoli, Charles Michel, Christine Lagarde, Mario Centeno, Werner Hoyer, and all European and national representatives, to act now and widely on Education and Training in the post-Covid19 Europe!   In 1987 Franck …

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Tanja Masson-Zwaan, Secretary General of the first AEGEE Comité Directeur, President Emerita of IISL, nominated as Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau (2020)

In the name of the members of the association des Amis de Franck Biancheri, and on my behalf, our heartiest congratulations to one of the oldest friends of Franck Biancheri, for the nomination as Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau – a civil and military Dutch order of chivalry recognizing people who deserve appreciation and …

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“The post-Covid educational challenge”. New European Perspectives online Salons N.2, 30/04/2020

Thursday, 30 April 2020 – 5.00 pm (17.00)   What will post-COVID-19 Europe look like? Take advantage of the offered by this dramatic crisis to provide a humane response to the challenges of our societies. Join the debate, bring in your input and visions the New European Perspectives Lounge opens for you the Geopolitics Discussion …

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It is now time to make the citizens the real driving force of the process of community construction. The word of the President, Franck Biancheri, on the congress EGEE1, April 16th, 1985

From the birth of an association to its first congress, especially one comparable in size to EGEE 1, there is often a fairly long time that elapses.   EGEE breaks with this “natural law”. Its first congress will coincide with its first six months of existence. Would this extraordinary evolution come from a different nature …

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AEGEE 35th anniversary! April 1985, the first” états généraux des étudiants de l’Europe”

On April 16, 1985, under the aegis of Franck Biancheri, its president, the very first congress of the EGEE Association was opened, a high-flying event organized by the 6 grandes écoles of Paris (ENA, ESSEC, HEC, X, Sciences Po, Telecom) and universities (Sorbonne and Paris 6). This congress would welcome in Paris about 350 European …

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Happy birthday AEGEE! April 1985 – April 2020: 35 years of the Etats Généraux des Etudiants de l’Europe

Under the aegis of Franck Biancheri, the first “Etats généraux des étudiants de l’Europe”, EGEE I, was held in Paris from 16 to 22 April 1985, 35 years ago! A founding event for one of the most important trans-European interdisciplinary student associations, of which he was the founding president, still today, 35 years later: 13000 …

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[:en]New European Perspectives Lounge1 – What will post-COVID-19 Europe look like? Live Stream Debate[:fr]Salons New European Perspectives1 – A quoi l’Europe post-Covid ressemblera-t-elle ? Débat en ligne[:]

[:en] Online Debate : What will post-COVID-19 Europe look like? LEAP2040 – 5 April 2020 Around 1000 people viewed the first “New European Perspectives” live streamed debate on “post-Covid Europe challenges” organised by Movimiento Roosevelt, LEAP and #CitizensRoute on Thursday, April 2nd. The discussion is available on : In Full or 0.33 : Maria Zei (MR-CR …

[:en]New European Perspectives Lounge1 – What will post-COVID-19 Europe look like? Live Stream Debate[:fr]Salons New European Perspectives1 – A quoi l’Europe post-Covid ressemblera-t-elle ? Débat en ligne[:] Read More »

[:en]New European Perspectives Lounge – Live Stream Debate: What will post-COVID-19 Europe look like? on Thursday, 2 April at 4.00 pm[:fr]Salons New European Perspectives – Débat en ligne : A quoi l’Europe post-Covid ressemblera-t-elle ? Jeudi 2 avril / 16h[:]

[:en]    Invitation – Live Stream Debat: on Thursday, 2 April 2020 at 4.00 pm Movimento Roosevelt is lauching its first debates on the post-Covid-19 Europe Follow here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_fx0KmryDw [divider] What will post-COVID-19 Europe look like? Take advantage of the offered by this dramatic crisis to provide a humane response to the challenges of our …

[:en]New European Perspectives Lounge – Live Stream Debate: What will post-COVID-19 Europe look like? on Thursday, 2 April at 4.00 pm[:fr]Salons New European Perspectives – Débat en ligne : A quoi l’Europe post-Covid ressemblera-t-elle ? Jeudi 2 avril / 16h[:] Read More »