Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico has pleaded with the remaining 27 nations to cease giving citizens the power to decide their own future.
Mr Fico pointed to the recent examples in the UK and Italy, which saw the countries turn away from the EU.
Britain voted to leave the superstate – Brexit – while the Mediterranean nation’s future is uncertain after the Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigned following Italians overwhelmingly rejecting his package of reforms.
The constitutional reforms Italians shunned has led the populist 5Star movement to call for a referendum on the country’s continued membership in the eurozone.
And across the continent Eurosceptic parties are gaining support, including in the Netherlands and France, which also pose a real threat to the stability of the EU.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has come under heavy criticism for her ‘open door’ policy
As Slovakia handed the six-month rotating presidency of the Council of the EU to Malta on January 1, Mr Fico added: “I am asking EU leaders to stop with adventures like the British and Italian referendums . . . on domestic issues which pose a threat to the EU.”
Stop with adventures like the British and Italian referendums
And concerns over the European project were deepened with the numbers of migrants entering the continent, which reached more than one million in 2015, and was dubbed the migrant crisis.
Matteo Renzi resigned following Italians overwhelmingly rejecting his package of reforms
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has come under heavy criticism for her ‘open door’ policy, which has seen a record number of people resettled in the country.
Britain voted to leave the superstate in June
Mrs Merkel and her Christian Democratic Party (CDU) are widely expected to lose ground in this year’s national elections.