As far as MEPs were concerned, 2016 was supposed to be the year when the EU got back on track after lurching between multiple crises the year before.
However, events would take a dramatic turn during what was to become a decisive year.
Britain’s vote to leave the EU, coming around halfway through the year, is the most significant fulcrum in any political year for a generation.
Aside from Brexit, the political and legislative impact of the ongoing migration crisis and relations with non-EU countries would dominate the agenda.
And as the year came to an end, the two-year “grand coalition” between the centre-right and centre-left groups seemingly came to an end, as candidates lined up to replace outgoing president Martin Schulz.
But before all that…