Nick Ottens

Nick Ottens

Nick Ottens writes about American and European politics for Atlantic Sentinel and Wynia’s Week. He specializes in the politics of France, the Netherlands and Spain, and is interested in Catalan separatism, drug, energy and housing policy, the future of farming and food, health care and multiparty democracy. He has been published by the Atlantic Council, EUobserver, Spain’s The Corner and World Politics Review.

Nick grew up in the countryside of North Holland and lived in New York and Barcelona. He wrote opinion columns about Catalan politics and the region’s attempted breakaway from Spain for De Standaard of Belgium, the NRC newspaper of the Netherlands and The National Interest. He worked for three political-risk consultancies and a non-profit, XPRIZE, where he designed multimillion-dollar prize competitions to accelerate innovation, including in health care and meat alternatives.

In his spare time, Nick edits the online (alternate) history magazine Never Was and writes about the making of Star Trek for Forgotten Trek. He is a member of the Netherlands’ liberal party, VVD, and its Liberal Green network.


Recent Publications

Protests in the Netherlands Pit Farmers Against the Environment

World Politics Review

July 28, 2022

Macron has delivered for his supporters


April 7, 2022

Why Europe Didn't Reduce Its Dependence On Russian Gas

The Corner

March 7, 2022

Catalans Bear Brunt of Spanish Judicial Activism

Atlantic Sentinel

February 27, 2022

Is Biden Facing his 'De Gaulle' Moment?

Inside the Nation

December 11, 2021

Swedish Housing Crisis Has Similarities with Netherlands

Atlantic Sentinel

July 3, 2021

Italy has a responsibility, too


July 14, 2020

Why Countries Like Spain Should Welcome Their Fragmented Party Politics

World Politics Review

November 15, 2019

Center-Left Bucks European Trend in Spain

Atlantic Council

April 29, 2019