Europe is witnessing more and more divisions and "bullying" by some countries against others as it lurches from one crisis to another, the leader of the U.K. Independence Party (UKIP) told CNBC.
"The euro crisis has split Europe from north to south...But (now) I think the migrant crisis actually has the ability to be an even more disruptive effect on the European Union," Nigel Farage said.
"Because we're not just talking about numbers of people… as we've heard from Hungary, Slovakia and elsewhere, there's a very big cultural and religious debate going on as well," he told CNBC Thursday on the eve of UKIP's annual conference in Doncaster.
His comments come amid a snowballing migrant crisis in the region that has caused tensions among European Union member states – many of whom are struggling to deal with the influx of refugees coming mainly from the Middle East in search of a better life in Europe.
Earlier this week, EU leaders meeting in Brussels voted to implement a compulsory relocation program of 120,000 migrants this week, despite opposition from Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania who voted against the plan but – in an unusual step for Europe -- were vetoed.
Farage believed that action could lead to further resentment between member states.
"I think those central and eastern European countries who rejected the idea of enforced quotas have now found that the EU bullies, cheered on by Germany, have come through the back door and used a trick to enforce this upon them. I think all that can do is lead to resentment," he said.
In addition to the quota plan, EU leaders pledged 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) to help United Nations agencies support Syrian refugees who remain in the Middle East. This will mean more help for countries like Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.
More help was also promised for Italy, Greece and Hungary which are on the "frontline" of the migrant influx, with thousands of refugees fleeing mainly war-torn Syria in the Middle East, many of whom are travelling northwards through Europe to reach prosperous Germany and Austria.
The EU's border agency believes 500,000 migrants have entered the EU so far this year, and more are expected while the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development is predicting a million asylum applications for Europe this year.
Farage, the leader of a party well-known for its anti-immigration and anti-European stance who has questioned the refugee status of migrants arriving, said Brussels was using the crisis to push its own agenda.
"Is Western Europe to be a series of democratic nation states that govern themselves, control their borders and trade with each other, or is the supra nationalist agenda of Brussels going to win? That's the real debate that's going on."