Milan Nič

Head, 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 31-53

Milan Nič is head of the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia where he joined in April 2017 as a senior fellow. He focuses on geopolitical competition, global issues, and inter-regional dynamics.

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

Macron is Gambling Away EU Influence in Balkans
by Daniela Schwarzer, Milan Nič, Shahin Vallée
BalkanInsight, 31 October 2019
France’s obstinate opposition to enlargement has put the EU’s remaining influence on its own doorstep – and its ability to shape strategic development and stability in Southeast Europe – in jeopardy.
Eastern Challenges for Josep Borrell – and the EU
by Milan Nič, Cristina Gherasimov
DGAPstandpunkt 26 (September 2019), 3 pp.
Eastern Challenges for Josep Borrell – and the EU
As the European Union’s next designated HR/VP, Josep Borrell will have to deal with major global challenges and the EU’s internal travails to shape foreign policy more assertively. In particular, two flash points on the EU’s doorstep – the eastern Ukraine and Serbia-Kosovo – will be early tests of Borell’s ability to enhance the Union’s ability to project influence as a global power and help build its capacity for strategic autonomy.
Category: European Union, Europe
Point of No Return
Viktor Orbán’s Divorce from the EPP
by Milan Nič, András Rácz
DGAPkompakt 7 (May 2019), 4 pp.
Point of No Return
A few weeks after the European People’s Party (EPP) suspended the membership of Hungary’s ruling populist party, Fidesz, it looks unlikely that their relationship could be repaired. Seeing his leverage decreasing, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been paving the way for divorce. The EPP leaders seem to have made up their minds as well. A re-arrangement of the European party system is already taking shape ahead of the upcoming European elections (23–26 May 2019), not only afterwards.
Category: Elections, European Union
Can Slovakia and the Czech Republic overcome Europe’s east-west divide?
by Almut Möller, Milan Nič
ECFR Commentary, February 11, 2019
Prague and Bratislava can jointly develop a more visible profile within the Visegrad 4 group and counter the overall dominance of Hungary and Poland.
Category: European Union, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic
Shaking Up the 2019 European Election
Macron, Salvini, Orbán, and the Fate of the European Party System
by Julie Hamann, Milan Nič, Jana Puglierin
DGAPanalysis 1 (February 2019), 11 pp.
Shaking Up the 2019 European Election
More fragmented than ever, Europe is at a crossroads, making the 2019 European Parliament election an immensely political event. Stakes are high for Emmanuel Macron, Matteo Salvini and Viktor Orbán, all of whom could shake up the balance of power in the EP. Macron has lost much of his initial vigor, and the disruptive potential of Salvini and Orbán is significant. If played well, their combined power could send shock waves across all European institutions.
Category: Elections
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: Central and Eastern European countries