EUROPEAN Parliament president Antonio Tajani has admitted the European Union could be "crushed" as it faces hostility from both the United States and Russia in a dire warning to the bloc.
In a shock interview, the Italian politician said the EU had lost some of its "identity and role" in recent years.
He also warned the EU could face a fight for its future amid outspoken criticism by both Washington and Moscow.
Mr Tajani said: "A few years ago, the European Union managed to be the bridge between the United States and Russia.
"But Europe now runs the risk of following Trump and Putin without having its own identity and role.
"There is too much desire for dialogue between the US and Russia, and maybe China, and it is something that we can not accept."
The Brussels chief also raised fears about the impact of the migrant crisis on the EU.
Speaking to an Italian radio station, Mr Tajani said the EU needed to stem the flow of migrants from Libya.
He added: "This is an issue that can only be solved at a European level.
"Immigration has greater political implications than the economic crisis because it divides countries and creates social alarm."
Italy has seen more than 650,000 migrants reach its shores since 2014, according to official figures.
But the numbers have dropped sharply over the past year, with Rome urging Tripoli to reduce the exodus from its shores.
Mr Tajani also fired a warning to Theresa May to clarify the UK's Brexit policy.
He said: "They should let us know what they want, as they change their mind every day.