« 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

Politics Quotes and Analyses

[:en]The strength of a network is judged at the information level of the weakest link,[:fr]On juge de la force d’un réseau au niveau d’information du maillon le plus faible,[:]

[:en] or more precisely the link furthest from the centre of the network. … This organization has the advantage of being inexpensive and extremely reactive, adapted to a society in constant motion. This model is already common among the younger generations in Europe, particularly thanks to the Internet. In “Valorisation de l’intelligence humaine, Perspective et …

[:en]The strength of a network is judged at the information level of the weakest link,[:fr]On juge de la force d’un réseau au niveau d’information du maillon le plus faible,[:] Read More »

[:en]The history of Europe is a bit like a multifaceted diamond…[:fr]L’histoire de l’Europe est un peu comme un diamant à multiples facettes…[:]

[:en] Everyone sees the same diamond… but no one sees exactly the same facets. … the history of Europe is above all a history of a shared reality but perceived from different angles, lived in sometimes diametrically opposed conditions. While there are common trends, they are not reflected in the same way in different countries. …

[:en]The history of Europe is a bit like a multifaceted diamond…[:fr]L’histoire de l’Europe est un peu comme un diamant à multiples facettes…[:] Read More »

[:en]”Let us dare the future as the founding fathers of Europe did”[:fr]”Osons l’avenir comme le firent les pères fondateurs de l’Europe”[:]

[:en] Jean Monnet, the inspirator and leading architect of the project, had to fight to overcome resistances, conformism, habits, and impose the foundations of the Community architecture and method. Franck Biancheri in “Switching from EU to Euroland. Daring the future as the founding fathers of Europe did” (19/10/2001, LEAP2020) [:fr] … Jean Monnet, inspirateur et …

[:en]”Let us dare the future as the founding fathers of Europe did”[:fr]”Osons l’avenir comme le firent les pères fondateurs de l’Europe”[:] Read More »

[:en]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[:fr]La réflexion sur l’avenir n’a de sens que si elle est permet de mieux réfléchir sur le présent et les tendances qui le façonnent [:]

[:en]Franck Biancheri – November 1998 in “How Europe could end up in the hands of the post modern great grand sons of Hitler, Franco, Mussolini and Petain“[:fr]Franck Biancheri – Novembre 1998 dans “Comment l’Europe pourrait tomber dans les mains des arrière petits-fils d’Hitler, Franco, Mussolini et Pétain”[:]

Four or five years ago, people had questions about Europe; now they have opinions and wish to express them …Il y a encore 4 ou 5 ans, les gens avaient des questions à poser sur l’Europe ; désormais ils ont des opinions et souhaitent les exprimer…

… The Single Market, the Euro, enlargement, Turkey, the Iraq crisis … all these breaks (and that is what they represent for most citizens, whether in their daily lives or in their visions of the world) have considerably increased the degree of “European expertise” of our fellow citizens; and above all they gave them the …

Four or five years ago, people had questions about Europe; now they have opinions and wish to express them …Il y a encore 4 ou 5 ans, les gens avaient des questions à poser sur l’Europe ; désormais ils ont des opinions et souhaitent les exprimer… Read More »

the European citizenship can not be decreed…la citoyenneté européenne ne se décrète pas…

The European citizen can only be born out of the conjunction of three factors: the will of the national citizens responsible for becoming responsible European citizens (themselves and their own children); the will of institutions and leaders to stimulate the development of a civil society*; their ability to organise themselves so that their wishes become …

the European citizenship can not be decreed…la citoyenneté européenne ne se décrète pas… Read More »

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.Chaque état est une minorité dans l’UE… Quoiqu’il en soit, n’oublions pas que si tous nos Etats ont rejoint la construction de l’UE … c’est parce qu’ils se sentaient tous trop petits pour faire face seuls à leur avenir et au reste du monde.

Franck Biancheri: “Size does not matter any more in the EU” (30/01/2003)Franck Biancheri: “Dans l’UE ce n’est plus la taille qui compte” (30/01/2003)

The euro is only an instrument… L’euro n’est qu’un instrument…

… neutral in itself. lt is therefore useless to reject it out of hand or to praise it to the skies. lt will serve Europe according to how the politicians and peoples of Europe use it. lt could prove a powerful instrument capable of ensuring longevity and a significant place for the EU in the …

The euro is only an instrument… L’euro n’est qu’un instrument… Read More »

The current lack of respect for (European) diversity steadily increases the number of people worried about the Community process, even starting in winning numbers of young people and pro-EuropeansLe non-respect actuel de cette diversité (européenne) accroît régulièrement le nombre des inquiets du processus communautaire, commençant même à gagner les rangs des jeunes et des proeuropéens.

Franck Biancheri in “Europe: Community or Empire? Elements of reflection and principles of action for future European citizens“, a path-breaking historical book by Franck Biancheri written in 1992 – published by Editions AnticipolisFranck Biancheri dans “Europe: Communauté ou Empire? Éléments de réflexion et principes d’action à l’usage des futurs citoyens européens“, un livre historique inédit …

The current lack of respect for (European) diversity steadily increases the number of people worried about the Community process, even starting in winning numbers of young people and pro-EuropeansLe non-respect actuel de cette diversité (européenne) accroît régulièrement le nombre des inquiets du processus communautaire, commençant même à gagner les rangs des jeunes et des proeuropéens. Read More »