« 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

The EU must democratize (Franck Biancheri, 2001)

As we approach the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, there are many solutions to move Europe out of its democratic lethargy. From the creation of AEGEE-Europe until his death, Franck Biancheri, however, defended only one possible path, truly trans-European elections. A process supported by the AAFB, the author of the Open Letter to the European Leaders: Towards a first real trans-European election(July 2016) and within the framework of the ICAN network One more attempt to enforce positive (and democratic) change in European governance. Our President Marie-Hélène Caillol is also invited to Rome on March 24th in the framework of the celebrations of the Treaties of Rome in the context of the appeal “Changing the Course to Europe” organised by the European Movement in Italy.

… 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. (Franck Biancheri, December 2001)



Would a State be democratic because the Presidents of its regions are democratically elected (and not its Head of State) ? Of course not !


Is the EU democratic because the Heads of its Member-States are democratically elected ? Of course not !


Today the citizens think and pay European, and the European institutions implement daily policies that concern every one closely. However the decision-makers that we elect on a national level have no means to weigh more than a simple lobby on the political orientations of the European level. There’s a good reason for more and more people to go down in the street at each summit !


In the 90’s this process should have taken the shape of a better public consultation on the policies implemented by the European executive (something which the European institutions completely failed to achieve) ; but 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.




Three obstacles appear on the way to trans-European elections, that partly and dishonestly justify the current reluctance of the institutions to enter any serious democratization process :


1- Immaturity of ” Euro-Citizens “ : Every citizen is responsible and mature regarding national and regional matters. Alas, he is totally immature and inexperienced when it comes to the European scale. Indeed, the lack of an effort of democratization of the EU in the 80’s/90’s has dug an immense gap between European challenges and citizens’ ability to understand, choose and act on a European scale.


2- Absence of trans-national political parties : The same lack of a European democratic debate in the 80’s/90’s froze the emergence of trans-national opinion leaders and political parties likely to incarnate today’s European choices and debates. The EU therefore faces a complete void in terms of political relays and political leadership at its scale.


3- Absence of trans-European political experience : The pseudo-debate on the election of a “President” of the European executive shows it : all those who have experienced trans-European elections at a certain level (in association networks, for instance) know that in case this “President” has any power at all, this election will result in the exacerbation of nationalist reactions.


Today, no individual in the EU can represent any thing else than a national political carrier / identity. All those who have had to gain the confidence of large groups of Europeans know it: a democratic European election cannot be that of a man or woman (who can only appear as a “national champio “) but that of a “European team”, incarnating the Union’s diversity.


Franck Biancheri, December 2001


* This article was written in the framework of the EUSV project (EU-Studentvote), the first online election of a trans-European student council organized in May 2002 by Franck Biancheri’s network. This very first initiative on the internet had gathered about 80,000 students from all over Europe. The objective was to demonstrate the possibility of organizing trans-European elections with trans-European lists: “To combine new technologies and democratic principles to succeed in the entry of European integration in the 21st century or e-democracy Service of Euro-democracy“. Other articles are to follow on this innovative and unique experience then.