Dr. Nicolai von Ondarza

Research Division: EU/Europe
Deputy Head of Research Division


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, Principles of European integration

Current research interests include a research project on "EU Agencies in the Field of Internal and External Security" (especially EDA, EUSC and FRONTEX), impact of the European debt crisis on EU reforms; and British Europe policy.

SWP Publications (selection):

Nicolai von Ondarza

The Trouble with Transition

No Off-the-Shelf Arrangement for the UK after Brexit

SWP Comments 2017/C 54, December 2017, 8 Pages
Nicolai von Ondarza, Julia Becker

Negotiating with a Dis-United Kingdom

The EU’s Options Concerning Scotland and Northern Ireland in the Brexit Talks

SWP Comments 2017/C 07, March 2017, 8 Pages
Nicolai von Ondarza

Euro-sceptics in Power

Integration-critical Parties in the European Parliament and National Governments

SWP Comments 2016/C 17, April 2016, 8 Pages
Nicolai von Ondarza

Blocked for Good by the Threat of Treaty Change?

Perspectives for Reform in the European Union

SWP Comments 2015/C 50, November 2015, 8 Pages
Nicolai von Ondarza

Strengthening the Core or Splitting Europe?

Prospects and Pitfalls of a Strategy of Differentiated Integration

SWP Research Paper 2013/RP 02, March 2013, 34 Pages

External Publications (selection):

Nicolai von Ondarza

Breaking Good

Dynamics in London have forced Theresa May to seek an exit from the European single market. Yet behind the scenes, she is hoping to keep extensive access. It’s time for the EU to define its interests

in: Berlin Policy Journal, 01.03.2017
Nicolai von Ondarza

Strategic Patience

There are no quick fixes to the challenges Brexit poses. Berlin and Brussels would do well to take their time and think through the implications, as the task ahead is nothing less than Herculean

in: Berlin Policy Journal, 06.07.2016
Nicolai von Ondarza

Die Umsetzung der Solidaritätsklausel des Vertrags von Lissabon: Vorkehrungen für eine EU-Zusammenarbeit in Katastrophenschutz und Terrorabwehr

in: Michèle Knodt, Anne Tews (Hg.): Solidarität in der EU, Schriftenreihe des Arbeitskreises Europäische Integration e.V., Band 81, Nomos, Baden-Baden, Oktober 2014, S. 267-286
Nathan Dufour, Tim Oliver, Nicolai von Ondarza, Vivien Pertusot

Scotland: Out of the UK and Into the EU? Part I

Views on Scottish independence from seven member states

in: IP Journal, 08.08.2014

Working Papers of the Research Division (selection):

Daniela Kietz, Nicolai von Ondarza (eds.)

Strengthened, sidelined, and caught in compromise

The 7th European Parliament from a German perspective

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

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

Nicolai von Ondarza

What a fair relationship between ‘euro ins’ and ‘euro outs’ could look like

in: The London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Comment, 26.01.2016 (online)
Nicolai von Ondarza

Legal Avenues for a Grexit

Amid persisting danger that negotiations with Athens may result in a Greek exit from the eurozone, Nicolai von Ondarza examines the legal options and warns against an unregulated Grexit.

Point of View, July 2015