Nick Ottens

Writing Samples


The National Interest logo

Catalonia and Spain Are Reaching the Breaking Point

The National Interest, September 12, 2020

Atlantic Council logo

Whatever the outcome of elections in Spain, the Catalans lose

Atlantic Council, February 13, 2019

World Politics Review logo

Why the Political Deadlock in Catalonia Shows No Sign of Easing

World Politics Review, April 20, 2018

Atlantic Sentinel logo

A Third Way for Catalonia

Atlantic Sentinel, December 22, 2017

Foreign Policy Research Institute logo

There Is Still Room for Compromise in Catalonia

Foreign Policy Research Institute, November 9, 2017

Diplomatic Courier logo

Why Catalans Are So Determined to Hold a Referendum

Diplomatic Courier, September 9, 2017


Atlantic Sentinel logo

English-Language Media Blame France for Islamic Terrorism

Atlantic Sentinel, November 1, 2020

Atlantic Sentinel logo

French Center-Right Needs More Than New Leader

Atlantic Sentinel, June 3, 2019

The Corner logo

Macron A Failure Already?

The Corner, September 15, 2017


Atlantic Sentinel logo

Conservatives Should Look to Bavaria

Atlantic Sentinel, September 17, 2020

Atlantic Sentinel logo

Berlin Shows How Not to Do Housing Policy

Atlantic Sentinel, January 12, 2020

Atlantic Council logo

Germany Muddles Through

Atlantic Council, February 7, 2018

EUobserver logo

The German election is boring - and that’s fine

EUobserver, September 11, 2017


EUobserver logo

Italy has a responsibility, too

EUobserver, July 14, 2020

Atlantic Sentinel logo

Italy Is Failing Its Next Generation

Atlantic Sentinel, June 20, 2019

Atlantic Council logo

When America First Meets Italy First

Atlantic Council, July 27, 2018

Diplomatic Courier logo

Italy Has Become Two Countries

Diplomatic Courier, June 7, 2018

Newsweek logo

Is Sleazy Berlusconi on the Brink of a Comeback?

Newsweek, February 21, 2018


Atlantic Sentinel logo

What’s at Stake in the Dutch Election

Atlantic Sentinel, March 5, 2021

Atlantic Sentinel logo

Dutch Opposition to Eurobonds Is Not Unreasonable

Atlantic Sentinel, April 8, 2020

Atlantic Council logo

Far right grows in opposition to Dutch consensus politics

Atlantic Council, March 21, 2019

Offiziere logo

How Indian Shuttle Diplomacy Helped Keep Cruise Missiles Out of the Netherlands

Offiziere, December 2, 2014


Atlantic Sentinel logo

Sánchez Needs to Remember Who His Friends Are

Atlantic Sentinel, September 8, 2020

Atlantic Sentinel logo

Spanish Center-Right Makes the Same Mistake Again

Atlantic Sentinel, November 9, 2019

World Politics Review logo

Spain’s New Socialist Government Couldn’t Have Come at a Better Time for the EU

World Politics Review, June 7, 2018

Future of social democracy

Atlantic Sentinel logo

The American Dream Could Use Some European Inspiration

Atlantic Sentinel, February 25, 2020

Atlantic Council logo

Center-Left Bucks European Trend in Spain

Atlantic Council, April 29, 2019

Atlantic Sentinel logo

Social Democrats in Iberia and Scandinavia Try Opposite Strategies

Atlantic Sentinel, August 9, 2018

The Corner logo

Germany’s Social Democrats Need To Pick Side In Culture War

The Corner, August 22, 2017

Multiparty democracy

Atlantic Sentinel logo

America’s Rigid Two-Party System Is What Its Founders Feared

Atlantic Sentinel, January 11, 2020

World Politics Review logo

Why Countries Like Spain Should Welcome Their Fragmented Party Politics

World Politics Review, November 15, 2019

Atlantic Sentinel logo

Spanish Politicians Need to Come to Grips with Coalition Politics

Atlantic Sentinel, July 15, 2019


Atlantic Sentinel logo

Center-Left and Center-Right Need to Team Up Against Extremists

Atlantic Sentinel, July 5, 2020

Atlantic Sentinel logo

The Sources of Populist Rage — And What To Do About It

Atlantic Sentinel, December 16, 2018

Quillette logo

We Are Living in Parallel Societies

Quillette, March 5, 2018

Atlantic Sentinel logo

Revenge Against the City: Populists Revolt in America and Europe

Atlantic Sentinel, December 14, 2016

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Europe’s New Political Divide

Wikistrat, July 2016