Milan Nič

Senior Fellow, Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia


  • Visegrad Group
  • Central and Eastern Europe
  • Fundamental questions of EU integration
  • European security
  • EU and NATO enlargement
  • The Western Balkans
  • Transatlantic relations
  • International Political Economy
  • Geopolitics and Geoeconomics
  • Risk Analysis


English, Russian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Serbian, and Croatian


Phone: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-13

If you are interested in an internship in the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia, please contact Alena

Milan Nič joined the DGAP in April 2017 as a senior fellow in the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia.

He previously headed the Europe program at the GLOBSEC Policy Institute in Bratislava, Slovakia and was managing director of its predecessor institution, the Central European Policy Institute (CEPI). From 2010 to 2012, he served as senior adviser to the Deputy Foreign Minister of Slovakia. Prior to that, he advised the High Representative/EU Special Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Nič began his professional carrier as a broadcaster at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty covering the transition period in Central and Eastern Europe. He was later an analyst at the European Stability Initiative think tank and program director at the Pontis Foundation. In 2010, he contributed to a book of essays on the EU and Slovak foreign policy with Tomas Valasek, Balazs Jarabik, Jana Kobzova, and others.

Nič earned his MPhil from the Charles University in Prague, his MA at the Central European University in Budapest, and also studied at the Bologna Center of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

His expertise includes the Visegrad Group (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia), Central and Eastern Europe, fundamental questions of EU integration, European security, EU and NATO enlargement, the Western Balkans, and transatlantic relations.


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Selected Publications

Orbán Reloaded
What the EU and Germany Should Do Now
by Milan Nič, Péter Krekó
DGAPviewpoint 10, 2018, 4 pp.
Orbán Reloaded
Viktor Orbán has been re-elected as Hungarian prime minister in polls beset by fear-mongering, an unfair voting system and a divided opposition. After decrying the EU as part of a Western conspiracy against Hungary, he will now both use and abuse Brussels: He hopes to build a new Eurosceptic alliance in Brussels to increase his limited clout in the bloc and his power and maneuver space at home. The EU should step up its responses to prevent Hungary from becoming an antidemocratic model in Europe.
Category: Elections, Hungary
Fed Up
A political murder has triggered upheaval in Slovakia.
by Milan Nič
Berlin Policy Journal, 16.03.2018
Fed Up
The murders of Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová set off a wave of protests throughout the country. Having already forced the resignation of a long-term Slovak Prime Minister there’s no telling how far they could go from here.
Category: Corruption, Slovak Republic
A Perfect Opportunity
by Jana Puglierin, Milan Nič
Berlin Policy Journal, Eye on Europe, February 13, 2018
German-Polish relations have been rocky of late, but now Warsaw seems willing to change tack. The incoming German government should rise to the occasion and test how far the new Polish prime minister is allowed to go.
Category: Bilateral Relations, Poland
Andrej Babiš is not Central Europe’s Game-Changer
by Milan Nič, Vít Dostál
DGAPviewpoint 15, October 24, 2017. 3 p.
Andrej Babiš is not Central Europe’s Game-Changer
The Czech election result seems worrying at first: Yet another populist leader has been catapulted into power in Central Europe. But billionaire Andrej Babiš and his populist ANO party, which received almost 30 percent of the vote, is not necessarily going to push the Czech Republic into an illiberal and anti-EU direction.
Category: Elections, Czech Republic
Paris Perspectives Seen From the East
Visegrad reactions to Macron’s Europe initiative highlight internal differences
by Milan Nič
Visegrad/Insight, October 18, 2017
Category: Visegrad Group, Central and Eastern European countries
Detour d’Europe
What the French president’s recent visit to Central and Eastern Europe reveals about his EU reform agenda.
by Milan Nič
Berlin Policy Journal, September 1, 2017
Detour d’Europe
Emmanuel Macron has gone East to pursue reforms of European labor laws, but his real target was his audience at home. This could cause headaches, especially in Berlin.
Category: European Union
Germany’s Bridging Role
Daniela Schwarzer’s views on Poland and the European Union’s next phase
by Daniela Schwarzer, Milan Nič
Germany’s Bridging Role
Listen to the podcast of Milan Nič’s interview with Daniela Schwarzer, director of the DGAP, on Trump’s July visit to Warsaw and the dilemmas that Poland faces today in the European Union.
Category: European Union, Poland, Germany, France
Is Populism on the Run?
Judy Dempsey Asks Milan Nič and Other Experts
by Milan Nič
Carnegie Europe Blog, April 2017
Milan Nič argues that relief at the first round of the French presidential elections might be misguided: not only did populist candidates altogether receive almost half the vote, the Front National could also win June’s parliamentary elections. While several European countries are in fact already governed by populists, Europe continues to face the danger of populism seeping into the mainstream and shaping agendas – irrespective of whether populists win an election.
Balkan Troubles
The six countries of the Western Balkans need the EU’s full attention.
by Milan Nič
Berlin Policy Journal, March 31, 2017
Balkan Troubles
Russia, and to a lesser extent Turkey, have increased their efforts to destabilize the European Union’s “inner courtyard” of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia. Brussels – and Berlin – urgently need to reengage. After an extended absence, the Western Balkans finally returned to the European agenda at the March 9 EU summit. The DGAP's new Central Europe expert contributes to the DGAP's Berlin Policy Journal.
Cracks Appearing
by Milan Nič
Berlin Policy Journal, January 10, 2017
Cracks Appearing
Hungary’s Viktor Orbán has declared 2017 “the year of revolt” against the “old European liberal elite.” But his Visegrád group of Central European countries is far less united than many think.
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