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.