As Russia toys with Europe over gas supplies, the last thing the EU wants at this time is instability within its own ranks.
Unfortunately that is exactly what has happened with the resignation of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.
Seen as a solid reliable figure within the EU, he offered his resignation after members of his wide ranging coalition government walked out ahead of a vote of confidence in his leadership.
Italy will now have new elections on the 25 September.
We spoke to political scientist Ian Bremmer, who is the president of the Eurasia risk consultancy group. She began by asking him how significant Mr Draghi’s resignation is, at this difficult time for Europe.