Expected budget cuts could reduce the bloc’s military self-sufficiency and prolong its reliance on the United States to combat threats from China and Russia.
If Turkey continues allowing migrants to flood its border, Greece could again become the epicenter of Europe's next migration crisis. But this time, there will be even fewer EU countries willing to help lift the load.
The European Commission's new president-elect has laid out an ambitious vision for the bloc's future. A challenging economic and political environment, however, will likely keep most of her proposals from ever seeing daylight.
If the two countries cannot reach an agreement before the current agreement expires Dec. 31, Russian gas deliveries to Europe via Ukraine could well experience interruptions.
Polish voters elect a new parliament this fall, while Romanians vote for president. The results could make it harder for Warsaw and Bucharest to cooperate with Brussels.
Many factors bind the West together, but the global great power competition is gradually complicating the relationship between Europe and the United States.
By Sim Tack
The number of migrants reaching Europe is nowhere near what it was in 2015. But that hasn't kept Rome from rebelling against what it sees as the bloc's unfair asylum system.
Significant negotiations will probably take place in the coming days to make sure that Continental lawmakers ratify the nominations for the top spots in the European Union.
Both blocs will require unanimous consent for ratification. But securing yes votes from all member states will be a tall order.