Dr. Nicolai von Ondarza

Dr. Nicolai von Ondarza


Research Division: EU/Europe
Head of Research Division (a.i.)

nicolai.vonondarza(at)swp-berlin.org

Twitter: @NvOndarza

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, Felix Schenuit

Shadows over the European Elections

Three Scenarios for EU-sceptical Parties after the 2019 Elections

SWP Comment 2018/C 50, November 2018, 8 Pages
Nicolai von Ondarza

Dancing on the Brexit Cliff Edge

The Key to the Exit Negotiations Lies in British Domestic Policy

SWP Comment 2018/C 40, October 2018, 8 Pages
Annegret Bendiek, Ronja Kempin, Nicolai von Ondarza

Qualified Majority Voting and Flexible Integration for a More Effective CFSP?

A Critical Examination of the EU’s Options

SWP Comment 2018/C 25, June 2018, 8 Pages
Claudia Major, Nicolai von Ondarza

No “Global Britain” after Brexit

Leaving the EU Weakens UK Foreign and Security Policy, Closer Ties Remain in Germany’s Interest

SWP Comment 2018/C 24, June 2018, 8 Pages
Nicolai von Ondarza, Felix Schenuit

Reforming the European Parliament

Brexit Creates Opportunity for More than Just Seat Redistribution – But Plans Are Modest (for Now)

SWP Comment 2018/C 10, February 2018, 8 Pages

External Publications (selection):

Erik Brandes, Nicolai von Ondarza, Felix Schenuit

Direct Democracy in Germany

in: Steven Blockmans, Sophia Russack (eds.): Direct Democracy in the EU: The Myth of Citizens‘ Union, Rowman & Littlefield International, London 2018, pp. 230–245.
Nicolai von Ondarza, Felix Schenuit

Brexit Tectonics

The United Kingdom’s departure from the EU is the greatest political success for opponents of European integration. Paradoxically, however, Brexit is forcing EU-skeptical parties to restructure.

in: Berlin Policy Journal, 30.10.2018
Nicolai von Ondarza

Brexit by Brussels

At half-time in the negotiations, a curious pattern is emerging: As London proves unable to adopt a unanimous approach, it is the remaining EU-27 that determine the make-up of Brexit.

in: Berlin Policy Journal, 27.04.2018
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

Working Papers of the Research Division (selection):

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):

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
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

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, Serafina Funk
Non-euro Countries in the EU after Brexit

Between Fear of Losing of Political Influence and Euro Accession


Markus Kaim, Ronja Kempin
A European Security Council

Added Value for EU Foreign and Security Policy?


SWP Research Papers