It’s time to be hopeful for 2017:

We all know that 2016 has been a chaotic year – to no exaggeration, either. This year has featured many shockwaves; including Brexit, and Trump’s presidency in the US, and has also been the year of celebrity deaths. People are looking forward to 2017 with a bated breath; could this year be as bad as 2016 was? Well, let’s remain hopeful and check the reasons reasons why 2017 could be the best year yet.

Politics

Donald Trump’s increasing bond with Putin:

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Donald Trump’s administration will have to deal with the rift and division of the nation ever since the electoral vote, but they have one advantage the Obama administration lacked: a mutual understanding, and perhaps respect for the leader of Russia: Putin. Whilst many skeptics believe this relationship between the United States and Russia is one fraught with danger, and indicates the US may become too passive with Russian activites, it also brings an end to the tension and hostility of both countries, which only developed due to the conflict in Syria. Both sides need to come to an agreement, and with a Trump administration, this could be possible after all.

Article 50: UK finally start to leave the EU.

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Whilst this could be seen as more as a negative than a positive to some, the UK leaving the European Union has no doubt left the people in the UK asking a certain question the Theresa May’s government; “What next?” What next indeed. Decisions will have to be made regarding the after-effect of such a substanial exit, but, on the bright side, this could be the start of prosperity for the nation. Various Commonwealth countries have raised the idea of possible trade deals – along with the EU itself, as the United Kingdom is a hub of international trade.

Various elections in EU countries:

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The Dutch election, along with the German and French elections are all due for a shake up. The major parties that apparently lead the polls (remember: never trust polls) are all far right, and anti-EU. Geert Wilders, leader of the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands, who was under fire for comments made against Islam and immigrants leads the polls ahead of March’s election, and is profoundly anti-EU. Marine Le Pen is the leader of the far-right National Front Party in France, and has stated her opposition to the European Union.

The biggest of which is the German Federal Election which features Angela Merkel, the driving force between the EU threatened because of her stance on accepting large numbers of refugee. She is still favoured to win a fourth term, but the populist far-right Alternative for Geermany party is gaining ground and numbers because of, like the others, an anti-EU stance.

These elections could alter the fabric of the European Union as we know it. The reason for the UK’s “Brexit” was due to imposed terms, and various membership fees which could be put to better use. These elections could change the EU for the better, and return it to the very basics: a partnership, and means of tradfe between countries.

Sport

More women in sport:

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2016 has been good to sport, and espeically to women’s sport. The Olympics in Rio have only highlighted the potential of women in sports, and have created a new host of role models. 2017 features three major tournaments in women’s sports, UEFA Women’s Euro Finals in football, the Rugby 2017 World Cup, and the ICC’s Women’s Cricket World Cup Final – the latter of which is being held in the UK.

Tennis:

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In tennis news, this year couldn’t be more exciting. Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic will be fighting at the first part of year for the number 1 ranking the Serbian surrendered at the World Tour Finals – which Murray won. Nadal will be making his return from a wrist injury which cut his season short in September, and the return of the Swiss-Maestro himself: Roger Federer (pictured above), who returns from a knee-injury which sidelined him after Wimbledon. All eyes will no doubt be on the 17-time Grand Slam champion, who now sits at 16 in the rankings and begins his comeback at the Hopman Cup on the 1st of January.

Showbiz & Films:

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2017 will be a blockbuster year at the cinema, featuring a series of long awaited films, including:  Justice League (pictured above), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Alien Covenant, Beauty and the Beast, The Fate of the Furious, Star Wars VIII, Baywatch, and Spider-Man: Homecoming, along with many, many more, which will no doubt entice film buffs.

Miscellaneous:

The new £1 Coin:

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In March of 2017, the Royal Mint was be releasing a new version of the £1 coin; a twelve sided coin which will make it harder for counterfeitters to reproduce the coin. Of course, this will prove difficult for vending machine manufacturors who will now have to make their machines accept both versions of the coin. The original, rounded coin – introduced in 1983 – will cease to become legal tender later that year in September.

The end of the Cassini–Hyugens Space mission:

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It’ll be 20 years in 2017 since the Cassini-Hyugens Space probe was launched. It’s mission was to study Saturn and its moons, and also gather intelligence about the planet’s outer rings; something which hasn’t been done before. Unfortunately, the space probe is set to run out of fuel, and is planned to crash into the planet sometime in September, to avoid contaminating Saturn’s moons which could harbor life. This sounds more like a negative than a positive – something which resounds the sense of “end of an era”. However, the intelligence gathered from the probe could alter our understanding of the planet Saturn once and for all.

In summary, 2017 will be a blockbuster year. The political spectrum could still endure further shockwaves, but none as big as the shockwaves suffered in 2016. 2017 could be leagues better than 2016, and hopefully, it will be.

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Author: Thomas Parkes

Hi, my name is Thomas Parkes. I'm currently a student at the City of Wolverhampton College, studing the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism.

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