« 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

Next ICAN Network meeting in Bordeaux, 05/04/2017Prochaine rencontre du réseau I CAN à Bordeaux, 05/04/2017

Most Citizens of Europe do not want the EU to carry on with “business as usual” as its leaders seem determined to offer. But nor do they want the national(ist) solutions being pedalled by many political forces.  Rather they want democratic change, where a new approach is taken to engage citizens, and give them the prospect of a better future. So now, more than ever, those experienced in and able to make the difference need to stand up and present their ideas.

If you have been or want to become a change agent either working in civil society, or in an institution, company or other organisation, join us to:

  • Create a network across Europe of people who are working on own initiatives either at the level of civil society or within their organisations to make Europe a better and more democratic place;
  • Gather and spread what other change agents are already doing, so as to encourage yet more people to join in;
  • Give visibility to the vast number of initiatives that already exist, but which (unlike the populists) are not as visible;
  • Encourage use of new instruments that allow citizens to gain a more direct buy-in and influence over the direction Europe is taking.

Come and debate on this citizen initiative project with some of the founders of the ICAN Network: Marie-Hélène Caillol (ICAN) and Marianne Ranke-Cormier (AAFB).

Date: 05/04/ 2017, 19h00-21h30

Place: Athenée de Bordeaux

Info/contact: info@franck-biancheri.fr

ICAN et l’indispensable émergence d’un débat politique européen : Les citoyens à l’initiative de la première véritable élection trans-européenne

Les résultats de l’élection néerlandaise semblent nous éloigner d’une déferlante de l’extrême droite sur l’Europe ? En réalité, le parti de Geert Wilders a obtenu 5 sièges de plus au Parlement néerlandais, alourdissant l’influence de ses idées sur la vie politique du pays.

Mais surtout, les extrêmes-droites ont désormais compris que ce n’est pas par le niveau national qu’ils prendront le pouvoir. Ils visent les élections européennes de 2019, s’y préparent via des rencontres comme celle de Coblence il y a quelques semaines, et comptent sur le fait qu’ils seront probablement la seule force politique organisée au niveau trans-européen disponible en 2019.

Sauf si… les citoyens parviennent à créer les conditions pour l’émergence de partis politiques trans-européens.

C’est ainsi que, sur la base de la plateforme de changement ICAN, une initiative voit le jour, destinée à organiser la première expérience d’élection trans-européenne, dont le prime objectif est de contribuer à l’indispensable émergence du grand débat démocratique sur l’avenir de notre continent :

  • Quelle Europe voulons-nous construire ?
  • Quelles sont les propositions disponibles ?
  • Quels sont les acteurs crédibles pour enclencher les bonnes dynamiques ?

Venez découvrir le détail de cette initiative citoyenne et en débatte avec les instigateurs, Marie-Hélène Caillol (ICAN) et Marianne Ranke-Cormier (AAFB).

Date: mercredi 5 avril 2017 de 19h00 à 21h30

Lieu: Athenée de Bordeaux

Info/contact: info@franck-biancheri.fr