Franck Bianchéri, a European leader, just passed away

In European Challenges, Leading with Questions, Transforming Democracy

I learnt with sadness that Franck Bianchéri passed away on October 30th 2012 after 4 years of a long sickness. A systemic thinker and leader, Franck has been a European stirring force since the mid 80es.  

As he was a student leader at Sciences Po Paris, he created with his friends a first powerful student movement across Europe: AEGEE-Europe. With this young citizen movement he lobbied political leaders, especially François Mitterrand, to rescue the Erasmus project that was about to be trashed. As a former Erasmus student myself, I know how much this European program of studies abroad has changed me and keeps changing generations of Europeans and the face of Europe.

For the last 25 years, Franck has promoted one central idea: for the EU to be a functioning democracy, it requires not only European institutions, but truly European parties. This means citizen parties created for the EU, and not, as it is today, national parties that create coalitions in order to aggregate their national interests when they arrive in the European Parliament.
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