It was certainly a busy week for MEPs at their first plenary sitting since the summer recess.
The centerpiece came on Wednesday morning, when Jean-Claude Juncker made his last 'state of the union' speech as president of the European Commission.
He pledged a boost to the EU's border and coast guard, proposed a new EU partnership with Africa and renewed his call to abolish unanimous voting for certain foreign policy decisions.
There was much talk of unity - but Wednesday also revealed the deeper fissures within the EU, as MEPs voted to reprimand Hungary for allegedly breaching the bloc's values.
For the first time, they called for disciplinary action to be taken against the country under Article 7 of the EU's treaties. But actually imposing sanctions is a long and difficult process.
Defending his government ahead of the vote, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said the vote was an "insult" to his people and vowed not to be "blackmailed".
MEPs also finally agreed to largely back controversial changes to EU copyright rules when they agreed their negotiating position on the changes ahead of talks with member states.
Critics insist the drafting of the law poses a potential threat to freedom of expression online - expect to see more on that as the legislation progresses.