Dr. Nicolai von Ondarza

Dr. Nicolai von Ondarza

Research Division: EU/Europe
Head of Research Division


Twitter: @NvOndarza

Since 2016 Deputy Head of the EU/Europe Division

Since 2016 Lecturer in the Postgraduate Master of European Studies, FU/TU Berlin

Since 2013 Organiser of the British-German Outlook Group, a yearly exchange between the SWP, Chatham House, the Auswärtiges Amt and the FCO

2012–2014 Research associate in the project EU security agencies

2008–2009 Research Associate at the Bundeswehr Institute of Social Sciences within the research division Multinationality/European Armed Forces

2008–2010 Lecturer at the University of Potsdam

2007–2008 Ph.D. stipendiary at the SWP in the research division EU Integration

2005–2007 M.A. Contemporary European Studies at the University of Bath, the Univerzita Karlova v Praze (Charles University Prague) and the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Areas of Expertise:

United Kingdom, Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), EU institutions, European Union, Political system of the European Union, Principles of European integration

Current research interests include Brexit, the future of EU-UK relations, European political parties and democracy in the EU.

SWP Publications (selection):

Nicolai von Ondarza, Minna Ålander

The Conference on the Future of Europe

Obstacles and Opportunities to a European Reform Initiative That Goes beyond Crisis Management

SWP Comment 2021/C 19, March 2021, 8 Pages


Nicolai von Ondarza

The European Parliament’s Involvement in the EU Response to the Corona Pandemic

A Spectator in Times of Crisis

SWP Comment 2020/C 45, October 2020, 8 Pages


Eckhard Lübkemeier, Nicolai von Ondarza

A Corona Presidency in the Coronavirus Crisis?

The Dual Task of the German Presidency: Containing the Crisis and Giving a Lasting Impetus to European Solidarity and Autonomy

SWP Comment 2020/C 33, June 2020, 8 Pages


Kai-Olaf Lang, Nicolai von Ondarza

Friends in Need

The Corona Pandemic Changes the Landscape of Groups and Coalitions in the EU

SWP Comment 2020/C 26, June 2020, 4 Pages


Nicolai von Ondarza

The Brexit Revolution

New Political Conditions Change the Dynamics of the Next Phase of EU‑UK Negotiations

SWP Comment 2020/C 13, March 2020, 8 Pages


Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, Nicolai von Ondarza

The Barnier method: Lessons learned from the EU’s institutional approach to the Brexit negotiation

in: Aktoudianakis, Biskup et al. (ed.): Towards an ambitious, broad, deep and flexible EU-UK partnership?, Brussels: European Policy Centre, June 2020, pp. 53-60.
Nicolai von Ondarza, Minna Ålander

Germany and EU fiscal solidarity: renewed calls for Eurobonds but a reluctant government

in: Sophia Russack (ed.): EU crisis response in tackling Covid-19. Views from the member states, EPIN Report 20 April 2020, Brussels: CEPS, pp. 8-9.
Minna Ålander, Nicolai von Ondarza

The European Citizens' Initiative and its reform: Truly unique or the same old story?

in: Steven Blockmans, Sophia Russack (eds.): Deliberative Democracy in the EU: Countering Populism with Participation and Debate, Rowman & Littlefield International/ CEPS, London 2020, pp. 281–296.

Working Papers of the Research Division (selection):

Minna Ålander, Sophia Russack

Member states’ expectations towards the German Council Presidency

Working Paper Research Division EU/Europe 2020/ No. 01, July 2020, 26 Pages


Nicolai von Ondarza, Camille Borrett

Brexit and EU agencies

What the agencies’ existing third country relations can teach us about the future EU-UK relationship

Working Paper 2018/ Nr. 02, May 2018, 29 Pages
Daniela Kietz, Nicolai von Ondarza (eds.)

Strengthened, sidelined, and caught in compromise

The 7th European Parliament from a German perspective

Working Paper FG 1, 2014/ 01, May 2014, 61 Pages
Ronja Kempin, Nicolai von Ondarza, Marco Overhaus

Tackling the big questions in little steps

A process towards a comprehensive EU strategy

Working Paper FG 1, 2012/Nr. 6; FG 2, 2012/Nr. 2, October 2012, 12 Pages

In the Media/ »Point of View« (selection):

Rem Korteweg, Nicolai von Ondarza

The March 2021 Dutch elections – implications for the EU and Germany

On March 17, the Dutch hold general elections, which will underline the fragmented nature of their political system. Esme Nicholson reflects with Rem Korteweg (Clingendael) and Nicolai von Ondarza (SWP) on the role of the Netherlands in the EU and German strategies for further integration.

SWP Podcast 2021/eP 03, March 2021
Nicolai von Ondarza

The Brexit Treaty: A potential foundation for a new partnership

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom cements a hard Brexit. Nicolai von Ondarza gives five reasons why it nevertheless could be a good basis for a gradual improvement in the badly battered relations.

Point of View, 01.02.2021
Nicolai von Ondarza, Bettina Rudloff, Paweł Tokarski

Corona Crisis: Italy Needs European Solidarity – Now

The corona virus is spreading around Europe at an alarming rate. Italy is currently the country worst affected. Nicolai von Ondarza, Bettina Rudloff and Pawel Tokarski argue that the states of Europe can and must stand together.

Point of View, 13.03.2020
Nicolai von Ondarza

The EU should insist on a long extension

After the renewed rejection of Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement and the symbolic rejection of a no-deal Brexit, the question about the extension of the exit process is now the main focus of the Brexit drama. Despite the risks, the EU-27 should only accept an extension of at least nine months, says Nicolai von Ondarza.

Point of View, 20.03.2019
Nicolai von Ondarza, Ronja Scheler

The High Representative’s ‘double hat’: How Mogherini and Ashton have differed in their links with the Commission

LSE EUROPP blog, London School of Economics and Political Science, 16.03.2017

Media quotes (selection):

Eva Oer

Despite Brexit, here’s why Germany and EU still need the UK

Mit Zitaten von Nicolai von Ondarza, in: The Scotsman, 24.10.2018

SWP Comments

Paweł Tokarski, Alexander Wiedmann
The Corona Debt Conundrum in the Eurozone

Limits to Stabilisation by Monetary Policy and the Search for Alternatives

Raphael Bossong
The Next Steps for EU Counterterrorism Policy

Evolving Threats of Jihadism, Right-wing Extremism, and Transatlantic Cooperation

SWP Research Papers

Eckhard Lübkemeier
Standing on Our Own Feet?

Opportunities and Risks of European Self-Defence

Peter Becker
A European Economic Policy in the Making

Success with Modest Means