Eurozone on the mend now - but all bets are off if Italy goes south
It has been an eventful year. A general election at home was followed by extended political uncertainty and then the forming of a minority Government involving the first ever tie-up between the civil war parties.
More recently, industrial strife and the circus of the Budget have hogged the headlines.
Nor has foreign news been in short supply. Brexit, Europe's ongoing migration crises and the greatest circus of all, Donald Trump, have been major happenings.