In an article (1 Jan 2016) by their chief correspondent, Gavin Hewitt, the BBC described 2015 as ” … the year when crises came in waves pounding the shoreline and prompting leaders and officials to fret over the future of the European project.”
The focus of the article is migration and the EU’s inability to manage that successfully last year. This is an issue that is attracting popular support for right-wing populist parties, particularly in northern Europe, echoing complaints about austerity from the left.
The deal with Turkey to manage the influx of migrants from Syria and elsewhere looks set to compromise the EU’s basic principles, if it goes ahead. And, so far, it seems to be the only tactic the EU has come up with cope with what they expect to be another tide of people seeking refuge in Europe.