With million people forcibly displaced worldwide, it’s an issue that disarms many. But there’s another side of migration that doesn’t get much coverage — depopulation in rural areas. In fact, in the past 50 years, million people have left the European countryside. …


The global pandemic has jolted our food systems and lifted the veil to reveal the extent of its inefficiency, fragility, and unsustainability. Food is the epicentre of this global transition process. …


Over the past six years, I have had the chance to discreetly observe how French-speaking higher education institutions operate on a daily basis within the Agency for Quality Higher Education in Wallonia-Brussels Federation (WBF). I have participated in the evaluation of over 70 programs at 50 institutions. Based on interviews with several thousand people across all networks and all forms of education, I have distilled what I have learned into nine actionable recommendations (and some more sub-recommendations) for those involved in administering education.

While these proposals are intended to inspire educational institutions in their policymaking, I think that we could also consider them within the context of education across the EU.

Read more at https://accidentaleuropean.com/euducation-nine-proposals-for-quality-higher-education/

Originally published at https://accidentaleuropean.com on June 7, 2021.


The New European Bauhaus (NEB) initiative invites us to rediscover our relationship with natural environments and sustainable living. With residential and non-residential buildings responsible for about 40% of the European Union’s (EU) total energy consumption and one-third of its greenhouse gas emissions, the project aims to build green housing that is affordable and accessible to all. That is what the European Commission has expressed in its official mission statement: however, in practice, how inclusive is the NEB? Will less-privileged citizens benefit? Does the project consider the social aspects of sustainability?

Read more at: https://accidentaleuropean.com/the-new-european-bauhaus-beauty-privilege-win-again/

Originally published at https://accidentaleuropean.com on May 25, 2021.


AI systems might put gender equality, a fundamental right and value of the European Union, at risk. Any discrimination based on gender (or any other basis, such as age or race) is prohibited by EU anti-discriminatory laws. Nevertheless, gender-based discrimination still manages to work its way into the algorithms running our day-to-day lives. How can we eradicate gender bias in our AI systems? I attempt to explore the question.

Read more at: https://accidentaleuropean.com/id-blush-if-i-could-is-what-artificial-intelligence-said-to-gender-equality/

Originally published at https://accidentaleuropean.com on May 17, 2021.


Recently, I was invited to talk about innovation in public policy for a podcast launched by Pathfinder. Myself and the Founder, Miguel de Fontenay, ended up having a really fruitful discussion about innovation and the future of our democracies — particularly in Europe — and my connection to those topics, including my vision for Accidental European. In this article, I hope to lay my thoughts bare about this experience.

Read more at: https://accidentaleuropean.com/innovating-democracy-by-turning-the-rubiks-cube/

Originally published at https://accidentaleuropean.com on May 10, 2021.


Regulation 1141/2014 (on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations) might not sound particularly interesting, but it’s pretty important. It represents a chance for the European Parliament to present reform proposals for European parties, and it’s currently under review. Oft-forgotten and underutilised, European Parties could be very influential in shaping the future of European democracy, if treated right by policymakers. In this article, I explain what European parties are, what they should be doing, and how we can work towards more forward-thinking, influential European parties.

Read more at: https://accidentaleuropean.com/european-parties-a-cinderella-story/

Originally published at https://accidentaleuropean.com on April 28, 2021.


Filippo Addarii, co-founder and managing partner of PlusValue specialises in impact, innovation and sustainable investment strategies.

He comes with 20 years’ of experience in designing, fundraising for and managing multi-stakeholder initiatives for systemic innovation and socio-economic development. His work has been funded by the European Commission, British Foreign Office, and the UN Fund for Democracy, and more.

Recently, Fatemeh Jailani (Founder of Accidental European) sat down with Filippo (virtually) to discuss the European Green Deal (EGD), and what it means for the future of Europe.

Read more at: https://accidentaleuropean.com/is-the-european-green-deal-capable-of-flying-everyone-to-the-moon/

Originally published at https://accidentaleuropean.com on April 20, 2021.


Food plays an integral role in our everyday lives. Often, though, we find it easy to overlook how it affects millions of people worldwide as an industry. The EU has historically overlooked this too. In this article, sustainable food ecosystem leader Sara Roversi explains why food is so important, and how we can move forward to more inclusive, nuanced, and ecological food policy.

Read more at: https://accidentaleuropean.com/apples-and-oranges-the-need-for-a-new-eu-food-policy/

Originally published at https://accidentaleuropean.com on March 31, 2021.


With our lives becoming more digital by the day, data has never been such an important commodity. The GDPR was a significant step towards securing the safety of our digital selves, but did it do enough? In this article, I use the works of Jurgen Habermas to analyse and explain personalisation, data privacy, the GDPR, and their implications for European citizens.

Read more at: https://accidentaleuropean.com/saving-our-digital-selves-personalisation-habermas-and-the-gdpr/

Originally published at https://accidentaleuropean.com on March 2, 2021.

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