« 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

Démocratisation

28 élections pour 1 Parlement? Une reprise des propositions de Franck Biancheri, IDE et Newropeans

[:en](french) L’addition de “n” démocraties nationales ne fait pas “1” démocratie européenne. (Franck Biancheri, 1987) Le 4 juillet prochain, Ulrike Guérot, qui a bien connu Franck Biancheri sur son parcours, organise une conférence à Saarbrücken (Allemagne): “Realitätscheck Europawahl: 28 Wahlen für 1 Parlament?” (Retour sur les élections européennes: 28 élections pour 1 Parlement?), sous le …

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Divorce: Community vs. Public Opinions: Forgetting any respect for diversity (Europe: Communy or Empire? by Franck Biancheri, 1992)Le divorce Communauté-Opinions publiques: Oubli du respect de la diversité (Europe: Communauté ou Empire? de Franck Biancheri, 1992)

The current lack of respect for this diversity steadily increases the number of people worried about the Community process, even starting, as evidenced by the difficulties encountered by the ratification of the Maastricht Treaty, in winning numbers of young people and pro-Europeans [dropcap]P[/dropcap]lurality is not the difference, because it is the multiple expression of a …

Divorce: Community vs. Public Opinions: Forgetting any respect for diversity (Europe: Communy or Empire? by Franck Biancheri, 1992)Le divorce Communauté-Opinions publiques: Oubli du respect de la diversité (Europe: Communauté ou Empire? de Franck Biancheri, 1992) Read More »

Without real trans-European parties, the European election is a “tourist class” election. By Franck Biancheri (2004)Sans vrais partis trans-européens, l’élection européenne se fait en « classe touriste ». De Franck Biancheri (2004)

On 7 February 2018, the European Parliament, while the proposal was on the table, did not vote for the establishment of transnational lists and rejected any reflection on the creation of a single European constituency for the 2019 European elections and beyond. The national parties that occupy the European Parliament, convinced that the “alliances” by …

Without real trans-European parties, the European election is a “tourist class” election. By Franck Biancheri (2004)Sans vrais partis trans-européens, l’élection européenne se fait en « classe touriste ». De Franck Biancheri (2004) Read More »

What kind of EU do we want? Euro-Leaders and Euro-Citizens together towards a common democracy (I). Franck Biancheri (2004)Quelle UE voulons-nous? Euro-Leaders et Euro-Citoyens ensemble vers une démocratie commune (I). Franck Biancheri (2004)

The common democracy must adopt European reasoning: common market -> single market -> single currency -> single democracy The exlcusive character of the politico-administrative engine in the European construction needs to be changed. There is urgent need to replace the “top-down” method by a “bottom-up” one, to include people in the European game. The common …

What kind of EU do we want? Euro-Leaders and Euro-Citizens together towards a common democracy (I). Franck Biancheri (2004)Quelle UE voulons-nous? Euro-Leaders et Euro-Citoyens ensemble vers une démocratie commune (I). Franck Biancheri (2004) Read More »

[video] “Supporting the democratization of the EU” – Marie-Hélène Caillol, President AAFB, in interview by Citoyennes pour l’Europe [video] “Accompagner la démocratisation de l’UE” – Entrevue de Marie-Hélène Caillol, présidente AAFB, avec Citoyennes pour l’Europe

The association Citoyennes pour l’Europe has conducted a series of video interviews with 12 influential women in Europe in different fields (culture, science, youth, politics, …). As part of these talks they were invited to present what is their fight for Europe. Our president, Marie-Hélène Caillol, also president of LEAP2020 and coordinator of the Steering Committee …

[video] “Supporting the democratization of the EU” – Marie-Hélène Caillol, President AAFB, in interview by Citoyennes pour l’Europe [video] “Accompagner la démocratisation de l’UE” – Entrevue de Marie-Hélène Caillol, présidente AAFB, avec Citoyennes pour l’Europe Read More »

12-13 December 2002, Copenhagen Summit: A new chapter of European History – by Franck Biancheri (2002)

This is not the end of History; but the end of a story: the unification process of European continent Our fathers and grandfathers did succeed in peacefully unifying the continent, we have to prove that it can be democratically governed. If we fail, ‘reunited Europe’ could pretty fast become a democratic nightmare and will not …

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The Empire creeps in: the democratic imposture – Excerpt from “Europe: Community or Empire?“, a book by Franck Biancheri, 1992L’empire s’installe: l’imposture démocratique – Extrait du livre “Europe: Communauté ou Empire?” de Franck Biancheri, 1992

What is this caricature of democracy in which one is supposed to have only one rational, moral, intelligent, responsible choice, the other choice being the one made by idiots and bad guys? The fundamental criticism expressed by Franck Biancheri in 1992, remained dead letter, so that “the democratic imposture” became a real “betrayal of the …

The Empire creeps in: the democratic imposture – Excerpt from “Europe: Community or Empire?“, a book by Franck Biancheri, 1992L’empire s’installe: l’imposture démocratique – Extrait du livre “Europe: Communauté ou Empire?” de Franck Biancheri, 1992 Read More »

“Yes to the Constitution … But not without Democracy” – Franck Biancheri (2004)«Oui à la Constitution… Mais avec la Démocratie en plus» – Franck Biancheri (2004)

On the eve of the next e-Tribune “Constitution and/or Democratization?”, organised by #CitizensRoute on December 6th, and to serve as foodforthought for the debates to come, we propose this article by Franck Biancheri “Yes to the Constitution … But not without Democracy” written September 2004. This text was written on the occasion of the launch …

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Constitution et/ou Démocratisation? Franck Biancheri et la campagne du “Oui-Mais” (2004/2005)

A la veille du prochain e-débat “Constitution et/ou Démocratisation?” organisé le 6 décembre par #CitizensRoute, dont le réseau Franck Biancheri est partenaire, nous choisissons de republier aujourd’hui cet articles de Franck “Oui à la Constitution… Mais avec la Démocratie en plus” (10 septembre 2004) qui avait été écrit à l’occasion du lancement de la campagne …

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Call for players able to change the media world in Europe: Horizon 2019, less than two years to promote a political debate with European accents !Appel aux acteurs de changement dans le monde des médias en Europe : Horizon 2019, moins de deux ans pour rendre audible un débat politique aux accents européens !

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen I was 23, in 1988, I spent a year in Cairo, Egypt. At the time, the Europeans were laughing at the Egyptian information system focused on declarations, encounters and shaken hands of the state’s supreme leader, Hosni Mubarak. Nowadays, 30 years later, it is clear that, as a public debate, the microphones of the …

Call for players able to change the media world in Europe: Horizon 2019, less than two years to promote a political debate with European accents !Appel aux acteurs de changement dans le monde des médias en Europe : Horizon 2019, moins de deux ans pour rendre audible un débat politique aux accents européens ! Read More »