Axel Sotiris Walldén is of Greek and Swedish nationalities. He studied economics in Sweden and France and was awarded his PhD from the University of Athens. From 1996 to 2014 he held various posts in the European Commission related to enlargement and neighborhood policies, including that of head of the strategy unit of DG Enlargement. From 2000 to 2003, he served as Counsellor to the Greek Foreign Minister on Balkan a airs (on secondment from the Commission). Previously, he had served, inter alia, as Secretary-General at the Hellenic Ministry of National Economy and as a visiting professor at the Panteion University in Athens. Walldén has been teaching a post-graduate course at the Institut d’Etudes européennes of the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He is the author of 13 books and a large number of articles in scientific reviews and journals on Balkan, EU enlargement and Greek foreign and domestic policy issues. His latest book was Europe, the Greek Crisis and the Democratic Left (2014).
Updated June 2016