For many people, 2016 was a miserable year. The Syrian conflict ground on and on; the Zika virus spread across the Americas; there were a string of brutal terror attacks around the world, and (whichever side of the Trump/Brexit divide you sit on) politics felt like it got a lot nastier.
Then there was the great celebrity death wave of 2016: David Bowie, Muhammad Ali, Leonard Cohen, Carrie Fisher, George Michael, Prince, Gene Wilder, Alan Rickman, Zsa Zsa Gabor, and more. On top of everything else, the realisation that our idols are not immortal somehow made 2016 seem particularly vindictive.
Of course, not everybody feels so gloomy about the last 12 months. For many people, 2016 is the year that citizens finally “took back control” from liberal elites. The coming year is one of hope and optimism, as a brighter future dawns. Indeed, perhaps the surge of populism is set to continue, particularly with French and German elections coming up.
Will 2017 be a better year than 2016? What are your predictions for the year ahead? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below, and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!