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From the Treaty of Rome to Erasmus: The resounding anniversary of the European vision. Franck Biancheri, 2007Du Traité de Rome à Erasmus: le double anniversaire des générations porteuses de l’espoir européen. Franck Biancheri, 2007


In 1987 with and thanks to the ERASMUS programme, thirty years after the Treaty of Rome, the first generations born after the Treaty of Rome, grandchildren of the builders of Europe, would offer what is today the best hope, as Franck Biancheri wrote: “they are ready to carry on in the face of the new historical challenge: to invent a governance for 500 millions European citizens from 27 different peoples, while staying faithful to the principles of democracy, solidarity and freedom”.

At a moment when the generation which actually built Europe is disappearing, the so called peace building generation, Europe remains unfinished, politically betrayed by its political, economic and intellectual elites born from the baby-boomers2, a generation which took shameless profits of the prosperity and peace provided by the post-war founding fathers of Europe.

Facing the challenges, different of course, but similar in size to those of the end of the Second World War: “the division of the continent and eternal national suspicions“, terrorist war, collapse of economic and social model, climate disasters … the Erasmus generations born after the Treaty of Rome are now forced to defend the EU founding principles : freedom, solidarity and democracy, not against nazism or fascism, but against all possible excesses of an unfinished system leading into that.

In 2007, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome and the 20th of Erasmus, Franck Biancheri addressed the new generations pointing out that: “This step will require as much imagination, endeavour, courage and political will as the founders of the EU needed 50 years ago… “.

From the Treaty of Rome to the Erasmus programme, Franck Biancheri has drawn a direct line between these generations “direct inheritor of a unique awareness” … “a European mixture of pessimistic intelligence and optimistic will-power, which was constantly aware of the risks of failure, and nevertheless always intently moved forward in order to resume the work initiated…”, by bringing himself two of the most gorgeous bricks to this building, the AEGEE-Europe Network (created in 19853) and the Erasmus Programme (1987) which he founded, besides his hard work and huge activity which we (within the AAFB) are trying to perpetuate and set forth.

We invite you to read this text dedicated to the Erasmus generations, the ones born after the Treaty of Rome: (download pdf):

-> From the Treaty of Rome to Erasmus: The resounding anniversary of the European vision (Franck Biancheri, 2007).


1 ndlr : Today 28 (Croatia was added to the EU in July 2013)

2 Franck Biancheri asked himself in 2011 “What will the world after the babyboomers look like? Or, more exactly, Europe after the babyboomers?” – Read in the Franck Biancheri Documentation: The decade from 2020 to 2030: Welcome to the World Afterwards (Franck Biancheri, July 2011)

3 see Franck Biancheri: His organisations

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erasmus-sloganEn 1987 avec et grâce à ERASMUS, trente ans après le Traité de Rome, les premières générations nées après le Traité de Rome, les petits-enfants des bâtisseurs de l’Europe, allaient offrir ce qui est aujourd’hui le plus bel espoir quant à reprendre, selon les termes de Franck Biancheri: « le flambeau afin d’affronter le nouveau défi historique que constitue l’invention du gouvernement de 500 millions de citoyens européens de 271 peuples différents, en restant fidèles aux principes de démocratie, de solidarité et de liberté. ».

Alors que la génération qui a été à l’œuvre de la construction européenne, cette génération bâtisseuse de paix, s’éteint, l’Europe reste inachevée, politiquement trahie par ses élites politiques, économiques et intellectuelles issues de la génération des baby-boomers2. Une génération qui a profité sans vergogne des espaces de prospérité et de paix que les pères fondateurs de l’Europe après guerres leur avait ouverts.

Confrontées aujourd’hui à des défis certes différents mais d’une même envergure que ceux à l’issue de la seconde guerre mondiale, une Europe divisée avec les éternelles suspicions nationales, guerre du terrorisme, ruine du modèle économique et social, catastrophes écologiques … les générations Erasmus nées après le Traité de Rome, se voient aujourd’hui contraintes de défendre les principes fondateurs de l’Union européenne : la liberté, la solidarité et la démocratie, certes pas contre le nazisme et le fascisme, mais contre toutes les dérives d’un système inabouti qui y conduisent. En 2007, à l’occasion du 50ème anniversaire du Traité de Rome et du 20ème anniversaire d’ERASMUS, Franck Biancheri s’adressait aux nouvelles générations en insistant que « Cette étape va exiger autant d’imagination, d’audace, de courage et de volonté que celles dont ont fait preuve les fondateurs de l’UE il y a 50 ans… ».

Du traité de Rome à Erasmus, Franck Biancheri trace la lignée directe entre ces générations, ces « porteurs de l’espoir européen », de « cette conscience unique … mélange très européen de pessimisme de l’intelligence et d’optimisme de la volonté, toujours conscient des risques d’échec, et pourtant toujours animé d’une détermination à poursuivre l’œuvre entamée…», en léguant lui-même deux des plus belles pierres à cet édifice, le réseau AEGEE-Europe (créé en 19853) et le programme Erasmus (1987) dont il était fondateur, sans compter son travail acharné et son œuvre immense dont nous tentons de transmettre la mémoire.

Nous vous proposons aujourd’hui de relire ce texte dédié aux générations Erasmus, celles nées après le Traité de Rome en téléchargeant le pdf:

-> Du Traité de Rome à Erasmus: le double anniversaire des générations porteuses de l’espoir européen (Franck Biancheri – 15 mars 2007)


1ndlr : aujourd’hui 28 (la Croatie a rejoint l’UE en juillet 2013)

2Franck Biancheri s’était interrogé en 2011 « A quoi va ressembler le monde d’après les babyboomers ? Ou plus précisément l’Europe d’après les babyboomers ? » – A lire sur Franck Biancheri Documentation: Décennie 2020-2030 : Bienvenue dans le monde d’après… les babyboomers ! (Franck Biancheri, Juillet 2011)

3Cf Franck Biancheri : ses réseaux

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