„Devant les perspectives terrifiantes qui s’ouvrent à l’humanité, nous apercevons encore mieux que la paix est le seul combat qui vaille d’être mené. Ce n’est plus une prière, mais un ordre qui doit monter des peuples vers les gouvernements, l’ordre de choisir définitivement entre l’enfer et la raison.“

(Albert Camus, Combat, 8 août 1945).



NEWS – October 24, 2018 – Michel Aglietta, Bernard Barthalay and Nicolas Leron had the opportunity to exchange views with former Italian Prime Minister, Enrico Letta, now Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs, at SciencesPo Paris, and President of the Jacques Delors Institute. Another working session is planned for the end of November.

NEWS – October 22, 2018 – Interview of Bernard Barthalay by Michel Caniaux on RCF Radio about the Via Atlantica:
(Via Atlantica from the ninth minute onwards)

NEWS – October 16, 2018 – Bernard Barthalay was invited to support the Via Atlantica project at a meeting with MEPs from Piemont (Mercedes Bresso), Castilla y Leon (Inès Ayala-Sender) and Auvergne-Centre-Limousin (Karine Gloanec-Maurin). Other speakers were notably Sergio Chiamparino, President of Piemont, Carlo Secchi, coordinator of the Atlantic corridor, and representatives of the Commission (DG MOVE) and of Spanish and French ports. Bernard Barthalay highlighted the geopolitical aspect of the Via Atlantica as a shipping outlet for the Chinese Belt and Road trade flows towards Brittany and Ireland to the North and the Basque Country and Galicia to the South, reinstating Lyons in its age-old crossroads function between Italy and the Atlantic.

NEWS – October 1, 2018 – Bernard Barthalay attended at the CEPII the presentation of a report for the Caisse des Dépôts Research Institute „Transformer le régime de croissance“ (Transforming the growth regime): The current growth regime is evolving on a trajectory that is unsustainable in the face of the 21st century challenges. The authors (Aglietta and a team of ten economists) relate their approach of a new inclusive and sustainable regime to Aglietta’s alternative theory of growth.

NEWS – September 27, 2018 – The Paris team of DiEM25 invited Bernard Barthalay to share his thoughts and manifeste-contiental.eu plans about a European democratic participative constituent process. DiEM25 is still at an early stage of their own approach of this topic.

NEWS – September 25, 2018 – Prof. Michel Aglietta and Bernard Barthalay sent a Public Address to the Presidents of the European institutions, the title of which is: „The Remedy to Europe’s Weakness: Double Democracy“. Available here in English, French and German. This initiative is supported by Hartmut Elsenhans, Jean-Paul Fitoussi, Philippe Herzog, Eric Heyer, Jean-Charles Hourcade, Nicolas Leron, Alberto Maiocchi, François Morin, Ulrich Mückenberger, Antonio Padoa Schioppa, Laurence Scialom Paul Bernd Spahn, Xavier Timbeau and Andrew Watt.

NEWS – September 24, 2018 – Le Monde published a collective op-ed „Il est encore possible de réanimer l’Union européenne“ (It is still possible to revive the European Union), summing up the conclusions of a recent conference initiated by Alain Supiot at the Collège de France. The op-ed is very supportive of „La Double Démocratie“ by our friends Michel Aglietta and Nicolas Leron. A shorter German version „Die EU muss neu gegründet werden“ was published by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zetung on September 23.

NEWS – September 22, 2018 – The Comité Bastille executive met in Paris for s special internal conference about its anti-financialisation taxation strategy and the basic income. Bernard Barthalay was invited to attend as a partner and advisor.

NEWS September 8, 2018 – Climate March in Paris: manifeste-continental.eu was there.

NEWS – June 21-22, 2018 – Bernard Barthalay attended a conference on Monetary Policy Challenges for the Euro, organized in Paris by the Banque de France and the Deutsche Bundesbank.

NEWS – June 13, 2018 – Bernard Barthalay had the opportunity to meet Prof. Glyn Morgan, a future member of our academic council, currently, on an academic trip to Paris. Glyn Morgan is Associate Professor in Social and Political Science at Harvard University and the author of „The Idea of a European Superstate – Public Justification and European Integration“, Princeton University Press, 2007.

NEWS – June 8, 2018 – Marion Larché and Bernard Barthalay attended the 3rd Council Meeting of European Spring as observers. It was an opportunity to meet both Benoît Hamon and Yanis Varoufakis and have an exchange with them.

NEWS – June 5, 2018 – Bernard Barthalay was invited by the Comité Bastille to present our analysis of the current economic situation in Europe and our proposals to enhance the credibility of French fiscal policy.

NEWS – May 29, 2018 – Bernard Barthalay attended a well deserved all-day tribute to Michel Aglietta at the Banque de France: „Penser le capitalisme avec Michel Aglietta (To think of capitalism with MA). All past contributions and recent works of this co-founder of the regulationnist school of political economy were confronted with the European and world situations by both academics and decision-makers.

NEWS – May 28, 2018 – Tribute to Jean-Pierre Gouzy and Jacques Moreau at La Maison de l’Europe de Paris. Both passed away last year. Catherine Lalumière, Alain Barrau, Bruno Boissière, Philippe Laurette, Alberto Toscano, Bruno Vever, Bernard Barthalay drew a parallel between his two close friends.

NEWS – April 21, 2018 – Meeting between two representatives of the new pan-European movement VOLT, Andrea Venzon, President, Colombe Cohen-Salvador, Policy Lead, with Bernard Barthalay, to confront future plans.

NEWS – March 14, 2018 – Marion Larché and Bernard Barthalay attended a lecture by Georges Berthoin at the Cercle de l’Union Interalliée: „Europe: on a oublié la solution“. March 15, 2018 – A Continental Manifesto attended the International Conference Pacte Finance-Climat at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

NEWS – March 5, 2018 – Bernard Barthalay was invited by Prof. James Thompson to address an audience of his students in Political Studies from Hiram College, Hiram (Ohio), on their visit in Paris at several institutes, faculties and research centers. James is the Editor of the Wolrd Orders Forum on behalf of the World Government Research Network.

NEWS – February 20, 2018 – Bernard Barthalay attended a „Mardi du GEG“ about Varoufakis’s movement (Diem25) and its platform and strategy and got in touch with Varoufakis’s representative in Paris, Paola Giullia Pietrandrea.

NEWS – February 17, 2018 – Meeting between two representatives of the Groupe d’étude géopolitiques (GEG), based in the Ecole Normale Supérieure (rue d’Ulm) and Bernard Barthalay to explore ways of cooperating in the future, notably with their review Le Grand Continent and at events.

NEWS – February 5, 2018 – First performance in France at the Odéon Théâtre de l’Europe of the show „Europe: What a Passion! The Tale of a Stormy Love Affair“, followed by a debate with high school students from the Ile-de-France region.

This show, staged as part of a European Union programme for citizens, was presented in Paris with the support of the European Parliament Liaison Office, the Jacques Delors Institute, the Jean Monnet Association and the European Movement. A Continental Manifesto was there: The authors of the show, Daniela Martinelli and Francesco Pigozzo belong to our network. Have a look at the website.


NEWS – January 15, 2018 – First meeting of a Paris-based team from A Continental Manifesto, to assist the pilot team of our network in the transnational and multilingual management of our projects. This team should be operational after the summer.

NEWSJanuary 11, 2018 – Meeting between Michel Caniaux, ALTRO general delegate, and Bernard Barthalay in Paris: Manifeste Continental will support the Via Atlantica railway project.

To ask for a New Deal for Europe is not enough, we must help those who give it content. Offering an Atlantic outlet to the Silk Road, opening up Auvergne and Limousin, preventing Turin-Lyon from ending in a dead end, breaking the star-shaped rail network around Paris by a transversal link from the Aura region to Brittany and Galicia, is clearly of general interest for the South of the continent.


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