« 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

Euro-citizens

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 »

Are lifelong jobs and privileges compatible with modern democracies? Franck Biancheri (2005)Emplois et privilèges à vie sont-ils compatibles avec les démocraties modernes? Franck Biancheri (2005)

This kind of title sounds a bit like a topic for political science students – slightly disconnected from today’s news. In fact it is quite the contrary : this is an underlying question to a number of recent news headlines from both EU and US media. The growing criticism against the head of Italy’s Central Bank, Antonio Fazio, …

Are lifelong jobs and privileges compatible with modern democracies? Franck Biancheri (2005)Emplois et privilèges à vie sont-ils compatibles avec les démocraties modernes? Franck Biancheri (2005) Read More »

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 »

[Open call] Official launch of the Franck Biancheri Award 2018 for AEGEE antennas: win 2,000 euros![Open call] Lancement officiel du Franck Biancheri Award 2018 pour les antennes AEGEE: remportez 2000 euros!

Each year, the Franck Biancheri Award allocates a financial support to the AEGEE-antenna with the most creative programme of Franck Biancheri-related activities. Be this antenna in 2018 and win the Award. Win 2,000 €! … Invent a programme to discover and discuss the core-ideas of AEGEE-Europe’s founder. Be creative and get a chance to win …

[Open call] Official launch of the Franck Biancheri Award 2018 for AEGEE antennas: win 2,000 euros![Open call] Lancement officiel du Franck Biancheri Award 2018 pour les antennes AEGEE: remportez 2000 euros! Read More »

It is clear that the existing national political parties can not serve two masters: national and European (Franck Biancheri, IDE 1989)Il est évident que les partis politiques nationaux existants ne peuvent pas servir deux maîtres: national et européen (Franck Biancheri, IDE 1989)

Franck Biancheri, 19/02/1989 Around 30 years, this quote is soon 30 years old! And it was not just words, he did it: with IDE, Initiative for a European Democracy, the  very first European political party launched by Franck Biancheri in 1987 for the European election in 1989, and in 2009 with Newropeans. One sole European …

It is clear that the existing national political parties can not serve two masters: national and European (Franck Biancheri, IDE 1989)Il est évident que les partis politiques nationaux existants ne peuvent pas servir deux maîtres: national et européen (Franck Biancheri, IDE 1989) Read More »

Road-map #CitizensRoute73 – Synthetic draft of the kick-off event in Louvain-la-Neuve (BE), July 1-2, 2017Feuille de #CitizensRoute73 – Compte-rendu de l’événement de lancement à Louvain-la-Neuve (BE), 1-2 juillet 2017

On July 1-2, 2017 on the University of Louvain-la-Neuve, thanks to the hosting and support of the municipality of Ottignies-Louvain la Neuve, the Franck Biancheri and iCAN networks, in partnership with a number of other organisations of the European civil society1, gathered close to 150 people during 2 days dedicated to launching the citizen process …

Road-map #CitizensRoute73 – Synthetic draft of the kick-off event in Louvain-la-Neuve (BE), July 1-2, 2017Feuille de #CitizensRoute73 – Compte-rendu de l’événement de lancement à Louvain-la-Neuve (BE), 1-2 juillet 2017 Read More »

FB Award: Education for the present, Democracy for the future, Aegee-Budapest, April 2017. Final bookletFB Award: Education for the present, Democracy for the future, Aegee-Budapest, avril 2017. Rapport final

We are pleased to publish below the report of the conference “Education for the present, Democracy for the future“, which was organized from 21st to 23rd April by the antenna Aegee-Budapest, winner of the Franck Biancheri Award 2017, in collaboration with Aegee-Europe’s Civic Education working group, and attended by Marie-Hélène Caillol, AAFB President, Marianne Ranke-Cormier …

FB Award: Education for the present, Democracy for the future, Aegee-Budapest, April 2017. Final bookletFB Award: Education for the present, Democracy for the future, Aegee-Budapest, avril 2017. Rapport final Read More »

It takes teamwork to make Europe move forward. (Franck Biancheri 2005) Il faut être une équipe pour faire bouger l’Europe. (Franck Biancheri 2005)

crédit photo Franck Biancheri Documentation On July 1st and 2nd, the Franck Biancheri Network in partnership with iCAN, the city of Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve and numerous partners organised the kick off event for the #CitizensRoute73 – Horizon 2019 European Election. Following Franck Biancheri’s 30 years battle for the democratisation of Europe political path, European citizens, actors of …

It takes teamwork to make Europe move forward. (Franck Biancheri 2005) Il faut être une équipe pour faire bouger l’Europe. (Franck Biancheri 2005) Read More »

Nathalie Loiseau, the new French minister in charge of the European affairsNathalie Loiseau, nouvelle ministre française chargée des Affaires européennes

The Association des Amis de Franck Biancheri (AAFB) wishes to congratulate Nathalie Loiseau, the new French minister in charge of the European affairs. We are very excited to hear about this nomination as Nathalie Loiseau was one of the first members of AEGEE / European Students Forum, and, together with Franck Biancheri, she defended the …

Nathalie Loiseau, the new French minister in charge of the European affairsNathalie Loiseau, nouvelle ministre française chargée des Affaires européennes Read More »

Press Release: EU civil society at work on #CitizensRoute73Communiqué de presse: La société civile européenne au travail sur la #CitizensRoute73

PRESS RELEASE EU civil society at work on #CitizensRoute73 «Horizon 2019 European Election: 73 seats in the European Parliament for European representatives» [divider]The Franck Biancheri Network (FNB), the Change Agent Network (iCAN) and their partners* are proud to announce the launching of an EU democratisation citizen process: #CitizensRoute73[divider] Why #CitizensRoute73? We advocate that in the …

Press Release: EU civil society at work on #CitizensRoute73Communiqué de presse: La société civile européenne au travail sur la #CitizensRoute73 Read More »