« 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

USA

[:en] Franck Biancheri: EU’s man in Washington should be a politician not a bureaucrat (2004)[:fr]Franck Biancheri: Le représentant de l’UE à Washington doit être un homme politique et non un bureaucrate (2004)[:]

[:en] Not only will a European politician as EU ambassador to Washington show US officials, media and experts that the EU is not only a bureaucratic machine; but the individual will also be able to reach larger segments of the US population to convey European opinions, analyses and visions. “Washington restores status of EU mission …

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[:en]Little political comments from a Euro-citizen (2) – Franck Biancheri (2004)[:fr]Petits commentaires politiques d’un Euro-Citoyen (2) – Franck Biancheri (2004)[:]

[:en]The European Union is increasingly shaping Portuguese political life. It has created a political crisis in Portugal by calling on its Prime Minister, Mr Barroso, to become President of the European Commission. President Sampaio chose to preserve the country’s political stability by appointing the leader of the former Prime Minister’s party as the new head …

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[:en]Europe: Countdowns are on! [:fr]Europe: comptes à rebours enclenchés ! (GEAB)[:]

[:en] GEAB 130 – 15/12/2018 The ‘yellow vests’ (FR), the pro- and anti-Brexit protests (UK), the German political crisis (DE), the Catalan independence movement (SP), the budget battle (IT), the labour law reform (HU), the Marrakesh agreement and ministerial reshuffle (BE)… the European element in the increasingly violent crises currently feeding the national news is …

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A Europe stronger than AmericaUne Europe plus forte que l’Amérique

Franck Biancheri, 03/01/2005 With its enlargement to ten poorer countries, the European Union is investing in the future as the gap widens in the United States between poor and rich states … I have always had some reservations about the profession of economists where the few brilliant minds are engulfed by a tide of mediocre …

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It’s time to move the UN headquarter from New-York to GenevaIl est temps de déménager le siège de l’ONU de New-York à Genève

Franck Biancheri, 07/12/2004 [divider] Trump Administration Leaving U.N. Human Rights Council?  Many are worried about US President Donald Trump’s idea of “boycotting” the UN. But the divorce between the United Nations and the United States is not new. Already in 2004, President George W. Bush, in the same vein as Trump, challenged the authority of …

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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, …

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Response to the Iran/US Crisis – Proposal for an EU Policy: Act now to control the global nuclear risk today and tomorrow (Franck Biancheri, 2006)Réponse à la Crise Iran/Usa – Proposition d’une politique pour l’Union européenne: Agir maintenant pour maîtriser le risque nucléaire global aujourd’hui et demain (Franck Biancheri, 2006)

This proposal results from the central objective of democratising the EU, and hence giving European citizens a say on crucial subjects, such as this one, which touch all of them collectively. This motion sets out to achieve the objectives of peace and collective prosperity that are at the heart of the European project for the …

Response to the Iran/US Crisis – Proposal for an EU Policy: Act now to control the global nuclear risk today and tomorrow (Franck Biancheri, 2006)Réponse à la Crise Iran/Usa – Proposition d’une politique pour l’Union européenne: Agir maintenant pour maîtriser le risque nucléaire global aujourd’hui et demain (Franck Biancheri, 2006) Read More »

News Chronicle: American Tsunami and Foresight (Franck Biancheri, 2005)Chronique d’actualité: le tsunami américain et la prospective (Franck Biancheri, 2005)

The world was totally shocked and horrified by the disastrous show caused by Hurricane Katrina. A different America was exposed there… Beyond the material damage, the human misery emerged from the TV broadcasted images… and the revelation of the weaknesses of the American governance, which took a long time to figure out the magnitude of …

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Washington and Brussels are from the Moon… though of course they do not come from the same side! – by Franck Biancheri (2003)Washington et Bruxelles sont tous deux de la Lune … même s’ils ne viennent pas de la même face! – de Franck Biancheri (2003)

This article is based, with Franck Biancheri’s humor, on the title of an American bestseller published in March 2003: “Americans Are From Mars, Europeans From Venus” by Robert Kagan. For Franck Biancheri, Americans and Europeans are not of two different planets, it’s just that they do not have the same perspective from the face of …

Washington and Brussels are from the Moon… though of course they do not come from the same side! – by Franck Biancheri (2003)Washington et Bruxelles sont tous deux de la Lune … même s’ils ne viennent pas de la même face! – de Franck Biancheri (2003) Read More »