« 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

EU 25: Bringing democracy to new frontiers (2004)

My main serious worry is that if we cannot rapidly democratise the EU political process and leave enlargement crush the less rich segment of  our societies, then the dark side of Europe will emerge as the dominant trans-European political force, a kind of national-europeism, which will gather xenophobic and racist movements, antidemocratic ideologies,bureaucratic forces and …

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Towards a European Prosperity Pact in place of the Stability Pact (Franck Biancheri, 2003)

In this sense, this Pact is a predictable Pact of Instability. A European Prosperity Pact should match EU’s political and economic requirements, to preserve the good coherence and coordination of the different economic, financial, monetary and social components of the European community. In a moving and dynamic world, this pact should by no means impose …

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Vision Europe 2020: Reinventing Europe 2005-2020 – The 14 strategic proposals (2002)

First 14, these proposals became 15 for the purpose of a marathon of conferences for European democracy  between 2002 and 2003. These conferences allowed Franck Biancheri to meet and have discussions with more than 10,000 EU citizens in over 100 European cities on the topic  “Where is Europe Going? Bring democracy to new frontiers in terms of size and diversity“. These  later became the 16 proposals and the matrix of the Newropeans programme for the elections of 2009 and were translated into 20 European languages

Once upon a time, there was Prometheus-Europe (2001)

Discover the history of a trans-european citizen non profit organisation   This is a small page in the history of the European democracy and of the life of Franck Biancheri. We have regularly mentioned the Prometheus-Europe Association on this website as well as during our meetings. This structure was founded in 1987 by Franck Biancheri …

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The strength of a network is judged at the information level of the weakest link – On juge de la force d’un réseau au niveau d’information du maillon le plus faible (2004)

or more precisely the link furthest from the centre of the network… ou plus exactement du maillon le plus éloigné du centre du réseau.   … This organization has the advantage of being inexpensive and extremely reactive, adapted to a society in constant motion. This model is already common among the younger generations in Europe, …

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Europe 2009: How the European Union could end up in the hands of the post modern great grand sons of Hitler, Franco, Mussolini and Pétain (1998)

A scenario elaborated by Franck Biancheri, for Europe 2020, in November 1998. Extremism in Europe is the heir of a very old couple : on the one hand the culturally nurtured fear of ‘The Other’, ‘L’autre’, and on the other hand, the deadlock of political democratic processes. The Europeans praise themselves for being the ones shaping up a common political identity based upon the dual concepts of unity and diversity. But these two concepts have historically formed the core engine of both Europe’s most astounding successes and failures.

Speech of Athens “Reinventing Europe” – Prometheus-Europe launch of the project Europe 2020 (1998)

2500 years ago, in this same place, our hosts of today, the Greeks, invented democracy, a system which was going to become one of the pillars of European culture. Today, in this same place, with this conference ” Reinventing Europe “and the launching of the project Europe 2020 on internet, we are going to try to combine this democratic tradition with the process of European unification using this new continental Agora which the internet might become.