33 Photos That Perfectly Capture Europe's Tumultuous Year

This year toppled prime ministers, tore nations apart and invigorated political movements. Bloomberg photographers captured thousands of images throughout 2016, and we've selected our favorites of the the year's strongest personalities, intriguing technological advances and momentous decisions that shaped Europe's future.

The last day of trading on the floor of the open outcry pit at the London Metal Exchange's premises on Leadenhall Street.
The last day of trading on the floor of the open outcry pit at the London Metal Exchange's premises on Leadenhall Street.
Photographer: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg
A delegate tries on a Samsung Gear VR headset at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
A delegate tries on a Samsung Gear VR headset at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Photographer: Pau Barrena/Bloomberg
Kingdom Tower stands alongside the King Fahd highway illuminated by the light trails of passing traffic, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Kingdom Tower stands alongside the King Fahd highway illuminated by the light trails of passing traffic, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Photographer: Waseem Obaidi/Bloomberg
 
SNP leader and Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stands with members of the Scottish Cabinet at an event launching the SNP's election manifesto in Edinburgh.
SNP leader and Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stands with members of the Scottish Cabinet at an event launching the SNP's election manifesto in Edinburgh.
Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg
A train used for underground mining operates above ground at the Pavlogradska coal preparation plant in Pavlograd, Ukraine.
A train used for underground mining operates above ground at the Pavlogradska coal preparation plant in Pavlograd, Ukraine.
Photographer: Vincent Mundy/Bloomberg
Political supporters wave Turkish national flags during a pro democracy demonstration in Istanbul.
Political supporters wave Turkish national flags during a pro democracy demonstration in Istanbul.
Photographer: Kerem Uzel/Bloomberg
Credit Suisse CEO Tidjane Thiam following a Bloomberg Television interview in Davos, Switzerland.
Credit Suisse CEO Tidjane Thiam following a Bloomberg Television interview in Davos, Switzerland.
Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
The internal mechanism of a Bremont Wright Flyer wristwatch sits on display at the Bremont Watch Company headquarters in Henley-on-Thames, London, U.K., on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. Aided by a plunge in the pound, U.K. sales of Bremont watches have surged since the country voted in June to leave the European Union, co-founder Giles English said. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg
The internal mechanism of a Bremont Wright Flyer wristwatch sits on display at the Bremont Watch Company headquarters in Henley-on-Thames, London, U.K., on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. Aided by a plunge in the pound, U.K. sales of Bremont watches have surged since the country voted in June to leave the European Union, co-founder Giles English said. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg
Commuters walk across London Bridge against a backdrop of Tower Bridge during sunrise in London.
Commuters walk across London Bridge against a backdrop of Tower Bridge during sunrise in London.
Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
A food vendor smokes a cigarette as he sits beside a basket of frozen fish at the Krestyansky open air market in Yakutsk, Russia.
A food vendor smokes a cigarette as he sits beside a basket of frozen fish at the Krestyansky open air market in Yakutsk, Russia.
Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg
Window cleaners work in the shadow of The Shard skyscraper in London.
Window cleaners work in the shadow of The Shard skyscraper in London.
Photographer: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney reacts during a news conference in the City of London.
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney reacts during a news conference in the City of London.
Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
 Light reflects from the bow of the Ludwigshafen Express container vessel, which sits dockside at the Port of Southampton.
 Light reflects from the bow of the Ludwigshafen Express container vessel, which sits dockside at the Port of Southampton.
Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
 
Theresa May departs a cabinet meeting before becoming Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street in London.
Theresa May departs a cabinet meeting before becoming Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street in London.
Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
A worker passes a red hot furnace at the OAO Izhstal steel plant in Izhevsk, Russia.
A worker passes a red hot furnace at the OAO Izhstal steel plant in Izhevsk, Russia.
Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg
Winemaker Caroline Frey shelters under an umbrella at Chateau La Lagune in Margaux, France.
Winemaker Caroline Frey shelters under an umbrella at Chateau La Lagune in Margaux, France.
Photographer: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg
Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair following a Bloomberg Television interview in London.
Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair following a Bloomberg Television interview in London.
Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
A Renault Trezor concept is unveiled on the first day of the Paris Motor Show.
A Renault Trezor concept is unveiled on the first day of the Paris Motor Show.
Photographer: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg
Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi laughs during an interview at Chigi palace in Rome.
Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi laughs during an interview at Chigi palace in Rome.
Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg
The West Phoenix oil platform stands in the Port of Cromarty Firth in Cromarty, U.K.
The West Phoenix oil platform stands in the Port of Cromarty Firth in Cromarty, U.K.
Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg
A pedestrian does a double take as a prototype Starship Technologies self driving delivery robot travels along a sidewalk in Tallinn, Estonia.
A pedestrian does a double take as a prototype Starship Technologies self driving delivery robot travels along a sidewalk in Tallinn, Estonia.
Photographer: Peti Kollanyi/Bloomberg
Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on during a panel session at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2016.
Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on during a panel session at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2016.
Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne poses for a photograph in London.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne poses for a photograph in London.
Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
 
Outgoing U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha Cameron, embrace with their children Nancy, Elwen and Florence outside 10 Downing Street in London.
Outgoing U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha Cameron, embrace with their children Nancy, Elwen and Florence outside 10 Downing Street in London.
Photographer: Simon Dawson
German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks skywards during a news conference onboard the Italian aircraft carrier Giuseppe Garibaldi following talks off the coast of the island of Ventotene, Italy.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks skywards during a news conference onboard the Italian aircraft carrier Giuseppe Garibaldi following talks off the coast of the island of Ventotene, Italy.
Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg
Nomu waterproof mobile phones sit in tanks of liquid at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Nomu waterproof mobile phones sit in tanks of liquid at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
Former Mayor of London Boris Johnson sits on board the ‘Vote Leave Bus’ during the first day of a nationwide bus tour to campaign for Brexit, near Exeter, U.K.
Former Mayor of London Boris Johnson sits on board the ‘Vote Leave Bus’ during the first day of a nationwide bus tour to campaign for Brexit, near Exeter, U.K.
Photographer: Luke MacGregor
Technicians work on an M601 turboprop aircraft engine at the GE Aviation Czech plant in Prague.
Technicians work on an M601 turboprop aircraft engine at the GE Aviation Czech plant in Prague.
Photographer: Martin Divisek
A protestor holds a sign disrupting a pro-EU demonstration outside the Royal Courts of Justice, in London.
A protestor holds a sign disrupting a pro-EU demonstration outside the Royal Courts of Justice, in London.
Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
An attendee sits inside an open-top Range Rover Evoke on the first day of the 86th Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva.
An attendee sits inside an open-top Range Rover Evoke on the first day of the 86th Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva.
Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg
The mirrored exterior wall of Birmingham New Street station reflects a businessman in Birmingham, U.K.
The mirrored exterior wall of Birmingham New Street station reflects a businessman in Birmingham, U.K.
Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
A trader pauses while monitoring financial data at ETX Capital in London.
A trader pauses while monitoring financial data at ETX Capital in London.
Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
An employee passes between fermentation tanks inside the Grolsch beer brewery in Enschede, Netherlands.
An employee passes between fermentation tanks inside the Grolsch beer brewery in Enschede, Netherlands.
Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

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With assistance from Lisa Fleisher and Tom Hall