« 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]Catherine Bernicchia: “Europe2014-2018” a teaching project of memory to Veterans born with the complicity of Franck Biancheri[:fr]Catherine Bernicchia: “Europe2014-2018” un projet pédagogique de mémoire aux Anciens combattants né avec la complicité de Franck Biancheri[:]

[:en]For more than seven years, Catherine Bernicchia, initiator and coordinator, has been running the project europe20142018. It took flight in these times of Anniversary of the Centenary of the Great War, a time of memory for its soldiers and a time of reflection on the peace, this peace which for us, Europeans, is the evidence of the life of our continent for more than 70 years, the foundation of the 1957 Treaty of Rome, the constitutive act of our community, the European Union.

This project was also born of the moral support that Franck Biancheri had brought to it, an idea that he knew how to awaken and which stayed in Catherine long before germinating.

Franck Biancheri was a great-grandson and grandson of soldiers who died during the first and second world wars. His great grandfather, Augustin Egilde Biancheri, a seaman 2nd class mechanic, disappeared at sea on the night of April 27, 1915, during the torpedoing by the Austrian submarine U5, battleship cruiser Leon Gambetta on which he was engaged. This torpedo, one of the first before that of Luisitania, off Santa Maria di Leuca (southern entrance to the Adriatic) has made 684 victims. (cf: “Il y a 100 ans : dans la nuit du 27 avril 1915, le torpillage du Léon Gambetta fait 684 victimes !” by Benoit Guittet).

Catherine is a painter, she is an artist sensitive to the movements of our time and our memory which is inspired by the spaces and the imprint of the memories carried beyond the century in the memory of those which come after, the young Europeans or the world, custodians, successors, heirs of the past in which unknown ancestors walked. With this project she calls them to remember, to pay tribute to the dead of the Great War, many of whom are their great-grandparents (or even their tri-ancestors), participating in a collective artistic work.

But the project goes much further. Europe 2014-2018 offers them a permanent reflection “out of fashion”, “out of date of birthday”, on the war in general, the war today, their wars of all kinds, “the conflicts inherent to the human nature which occupy simply the everyday; on the external or internal conflict, in the past and now; on the question of the instability of all life, of any state, of any construction; on the question of the counterweight which is always to re-search in itself. ”

The project is based on productions in the form of audiovisual productions and plastic productions grouped together in a “virtual memorial” in the form of a You-Tube channel. Each of us is invited to contribute. On the model of the examples presented each one can make a base of reflection and produce in his way in the respect of the spirit of the project.

“If you paint for Europe, I’m a buyer,” Franck told her.

Catherine goes far beyond, and her project which bears all the tragic and human dimension of yesterday’s Europe, today’s citizen and the seeds of tomorrow’s Europe, deserves all the support we can to bring.

We invite you to discover the video presentation:


Pour toute information:

• Le site du projet www.europe20142018.eu in EN

• contact: https://www.europe20142018.eu/contact/


 [:fr]Depuis plus de sept années Catherine Bernicchia, initiatrice et coordinatrice, porte le projet europe20142018 en elle. Il a pris son envol en ces temps d’Anniversaire du Centenaire de la Grande Guerre, un temps de mémoire pour ses soldats et un temps de réflexion sur la paix, cette paix qui pour nous, Européens, est l’évidence de la vie de notre continent depuis plus de 70 ans, le fondement du Traité de Rome de 1957, l’acte constitutif de notre communauté, l’Union européenne.

Ce projet est aussi né du soutien moral que Franck Biancheri y avait apporté, une idée qu’il a su éveiller et qui est restée en Catherine longtemps avant de germer.

Franck Biancheri était arrière petit-fils et petit-fils de soldats morts au cours de la première et seconde guerre mondiales. Son arrière grand-père, Augustin Egilde Biancheri, matelot de 2e classe mécanicien, a disparu en mer dans la nuit du 27 avril 1915, lors du torpillage par le sous-marin autrichien U5, du croiseur cuirassé Léon Gambetta sur lequel il était engagé. Ce torpillage, l’un des tous premiers avant celui du Luisitania, au large de Santa-Maria di Leuca (entrée sud de l’Adriatique) a fait 684 victimes. (cf: Il y a 100 ans : dans la nuit du 27 avril 1915, le torpillage du Léon Gambetta fait 684 victimes ! par Benoit Guittet).

Catherine est peintre, elle est une artiste sensible aux mouvements de notre temps et de notre mémoire qui s’inspire des espaces et de l’empreinte des souvenirs portés au delà du siècle dans la mémoire de ceux qui viennent après, des jeunes européens ou du monde, dépositaires, successeurs, héritiers du passé dans lequel ont marché d’inconnus ancêtres. Avec ce projet elle les appelle à faire mémoire, à rendre hommage aux Morts de la Grande Guerre, dont nombre sont leurs arrière-grands-parents (voire même leurs tri-aïeux), en participant à une œuvre artistique collective.

Mais le projet va bien plus loin. Europe 2014-2018 leur propose une réflexion permanente “hors mode”, “hors date d’anniversaire”, sur la guerre en général, la guerre aujourd’hui, leurs guerres de tous genres, « les conflits inhérents à la nature humaine qui occupent tout simplement le quotidien ; sur le conflit extérieur ou intérieur, dans le passé et maintenant ; sur la question de l’instabilité de toute vie, de tout état, de toute construction ; sur la question du contrepoids qui est toujours à re-chercher en soi. »

Le projet repose sur des réalisations sous forme de productions audiovisuelles et de productions plastiques regroupées dans un « mémorial virtuel » sous forme d’une chaîne You-Tube. Chacun de nous est invité à y contribuer. Sur le modèle des exemples présentés chacun peut en faire une base de réflexion et produire à sa manière dans le respect de l’esprit du projet.

« Si tu peins pour l’Europe, je suis preneur » lui avait déclaré Franck.

Catherine va bien au-delà, et son projet qui porte toute la dimension tragique et humaine de l’Europe d’hier, citoyenne d’aujourd’hui et les graines de l’Europe de demain, mérite tout le soutien que nous pouvons lui apporter.

Nous vous invitons à découvrir la vidéo de présentation:


Pour toute information:

• Le site du projet www.europe20142018.eu en FR

• contact: https://www.europe20142018.eu/contact/