McGuinness: Brexit is a complete black hole right now
If 2016 subverted many of the things we take for granted - the predictability of elections, the endurance of pop icons, our safety from terror attacks - 2017 could prove even more uncertain.
Populist parties are gaining ground ahead of elections in France, Germany and the Netherlands, while the spectre of Brexit negotiations is clouding the future of the EU.
"It's a complete black hole at the moment," says Mairead McGuinness, MEP for the midlands-northwest constituency.
"We have no idea where this is heading because we're not even sure what the United Kingdom will put on the table and I think at this point, and with respect to them, I'm not sure that they know."
Ms McGuinness, a former agricultural reporter who was elected to the European Parliament in 2004, says it's important for Ireland not to ask for special favours during the Brexit talks. "I think if you go to the table banging about your own issues as being separate from being EU issues, we will fail," she said in an interview with the Farming Independent.
"I think we will only succeed where we have colleagues from France or Spain or Germany talking about the Irish issues as part of the European list that needs to be tackled."
The EU's Brexit negotiators - Frenchman Michel Barnier is leading the talks on behalf of the European Commission, while MEP and former Belgian premier Guy Verhofstadt will get a seat at the table for the Parliament - have made clear that the peace process in Northern Ireland must not be derailed by Brexit.
But, she wonders, is it realistic to assume there will be no border in the event of a "hard" Brexit, where the UK restricts EU migration and falls out of the customs union.