« 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

Community or Europe? Europe is not the Community (“Europe: Community or Empire?” 1992)

Extract from chapter 1 “Community or Europe?” in “Europe: Community or Empire?” ©Anticipolis

The European Community is a judicial-political concept. Its origin day is known perfectly well, the day of the signing of the Treaty of Rome on March 25, 1957. Its geographical boundaries are also known by the metre, since its territory covers that of its member states. Its central parameter is hitherto recognisable by the nature of the treaties and rules of law on which it is founded and organised. The Community has nothing in common with Europe, except that it is taking shape in Europe! It is the most recent collective expression in the political field of European “action and reflection”. By analogy, one could say that politico-social engineering is certainly one of the most complex technologies, of which the Community is the ultimate, the state of the art. By virtue of its vocation, it touches such a wide range of domains that it tends to be assimilated to the framework welcoming it. So, there was State and Nation first. Yet the two concepts are different. This seems to be the case today for the Community and Europe. And since there is only one community in Europe, this reinforces confusion even further.

The Community is therefore both an instrument, a technique and a method, whereas Europe is a constantly evolving framework, a past or present reference, never a future one, a multidimensional space unknowable as a whole, as it is always evolving. It is a historical and cultural concept, enabling Europeans to conceive the Community and providing them with the means of implementing it. Like a bridge constructed one arch after the other, we must rely on the preceding one to build the next one. Europe represents this bridge which has been launched through time and which is gradually progressing. Originally, as it was still very small, to differentiate it from other bridges we only had to designate the place of its beginning, namely the European continent. Over time, it has become a large bridge, which has crossed or rubbed alongside so many other bridges, it has abandoned certain directions to take back some other ones. Other bridges have touched the European continent and Europe has touched other continents in its turn. Hence it has become more convenient to define it by all its arches and ramifications (its history), the styles, techniques and methods it used (its culture) in order to be able to distinguish it from the others.

For 35 years Europeans have been building a new arch through an entirely new method, which seems to be more fertile than other preceding ones: The Community method. This method allows to explore new bridge styles, if those using it are imaginative and daring enough. Otherwise, it will only replicate past mistakes, leading to a dead end. That’s where we are right now…

IV – What is the Community?

If Europe is the soul and the historical horizon of Europeans, the Community is the last political invention that allows them to continue building their bridge towards tomorrow, to clear their way to the future. It is the process implemented from 1957 onwards and the form taken by all the States and people applying it. The Community is therefore both a method and the result of the application of this method. This dual nature is the culmination of the present situation: since there is only one Community developed today and since this community is the European Community, everyone confuses the concept of community with that of a European Community. Yet, if the community is indeed a political method or a dynamic political model, the result of applying this method here and now is called the European Community. The Community is therefore a political method, and the European Community is its first historical result… Read more: Europe: Community or Empire? by Franck Biancheri (Editions Anticipolis)

NdlR: In December 1996, the European Monetary Institute is using a graphic project for the verso of the Euro banknotes a bridge which is characteristic for European history.