« 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

Talking about Erasmus on France Culture, inevitably reminds Franck Biancheri. Listen to “Europe: building in suspension” (17/02/2016)Quand on parle d’Erasmus sur France Culture, forcément on parle de Franck Biancheri – Emission “Europe: Edifice en sursis” du 17/02/2016

Broadcasted by France Culture 17/02/2016 by Florian Delorme. This third part was devoted to the European cultural identity and the question whether Erasmus almost 30 years after its creation will be enough “to forge European citizenship“?

Talking about Erasmus, inevitably reminds AEGEE (Association des Etats Généraux des Etudiants de l’Europe) and thus Franck Biancheri. Florian Delorme, the journalist reminds Franck Biancheri and AEGEE’s role in the creation of the Erasmus program and stressed that it was citizen engagement that brought Franck Biancheri to work for the realization of the Erasmus program, as subsequently it was throughout his work on the European democratization: “… It is the political commitment that will allow the establishment of Erasmus, but it is also a civil commitment. We must also remember the role of the Association des Etats Généraux des Etudiants de l’Europe (AEGEE), the association has worked hard for this implementation of political commitments, in a few months it’s thousands of students from all over Europe who will join, more than 10,000 students will quickly gather around Franck Biancheri, who later became a politician, he was President of Newropeans a trans-national European movement, but from his commitment is outside any institution, outside any party and he was revealing this civil society’s commitment … “

A passage to listen from the 24th minute of the below radio broadcast (24’24”) – in french.

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Une émission de France Culture en date du 17/02/2016 – conduite par Florian Delorme dont ce 3ème volet était consacré à l’identité culturelle européenne et se posait la question de savoir si Erasmus presque 30 ans après sa création aura suffit “à forger une citoyenneté européenne ?”

Quand on parle d’Erasmus, forcément on parle d’AEGEE (Association des Etats Généraux des Etudiants de l’Europe) et donc de Franck Biancheri. Merci à Florian Delorme d’avoir retenu et souligné que c’était bien l’engagement citoyen qui a porté Franck Biancheri à œuvrer pour la concrétisation du programme Erasmus, comme par la suite dans l’ensemble de ses travaux sur la démocratisation européenne: “…c’est l’engagement des politiques qui va permettre la mise en place d’Erasmus, mais c’est aussi un engagement citoyen. Il faut rappeler aussi le rôle de l’Association des Etats Généraux des Etudiants de l’Europe (AEGEE) cette association qui a beaucoup œuvré pour cette concrétisation des engagements politiques, en quelques mois c’est des milliers d’étudiants de partout en Europe qui vont adhérer, plus de 10.000 étudiants qui très rapidement vont se regrouper autour de Franck Biancheri, qui par la suite est devenu un homme politique, il a été président de Newropeans, mouvement européen trans-national, mais au départ son engagement se fait en dehors de toute institution, en dehors de tout parti et il révèle cet engagement de la société civile…”

Un passage à retrouver vers la 24ème minute de cette émission (24’24”)


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