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Cry me a haiku

by Migeru Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 05:57:20 PM EST

Shortly before midnight, after a dinner whose start was delayed to 10pm for undisclosed reasons, the following was released via twitter: Opening remarks by President Herman Van Rompuy at the European Council (22 November 2012)

Today we must decide on our Union's budget from 2014 to 2020. Maybe this meeting will be long and complicated. Fortunately this issue only comes up every seven years!

The decision before us is simple: making sure the Union has the money to do what we want it to do, for all of us, knowing the budgetary constraints in each of our countries.

Over these past weeks and in the course of the day, I already met all of you individually, and I listened carefully. All the views around this table are well known: red lines, requests for spending, requests for savings, and much more.

The proposal which I put on the table is a moderation budget. The times call for it. Doing more with less money involves political choices. This is painful, even when cuts are evenly spread. So we must be sensible and realistic.

But we must not forget this is budget for the rest of the decade. It must be future-oriented. My proposal focuses on jobs and growth in all regions and in different economic sectors, on research and investments, for instance in connecting Europe, while ensuring our Union can also continue to deliver the actions our citizens have come to expect.

I am working now for a deal with all of you. We have to work with the European interest in mind, alongside the national interests. Together we will find a balanced solution. It's necessary and I'm convinced it's within our reach. So, dear colleagues, let's get down to business.

The content of this statement would itself have fit in a tweet, or even a Haiku...


We must moderate

There is no alternative

Pain, its own reward

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last ditch effort for budget

live-haikuing thread

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 05:58:56 PM EST
Hardly after start

Hollande announces presser

for 2:30 AM

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 06:04:26 PM EST
eurozone is dead
only in this haiku can see
more broken
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 06:46:20 PM EST
Council appoints Mersch

Van Rompuy tables budget

Adjourns 'til midday

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 06:57:12 PM EST
Merkel, Europe's queen,
manages expectations:
"expect no deal."

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 07:00:13 PM EST
Reverse the future!
History as tragedy...
Forward to the past!
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 08:03:37 PM EST
cue synth fanfare muzak like rousing sky news jingle!

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 10:06:49 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Tsk, tsk, no haiku?
I thought you could do better
in followups, too.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 02:36:25 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Silence breaks through babble - Herman
cuts it short.
Seventeen syllables.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:21:33 AM EST
[ Parent ]
European Tribune - Cry me a haiku

This is painful, even when cuts are evenly spread. So we must be sensible and realistic.

it is a sad thing
looking down the red wine list
less chateau petrus

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 09:52:27 PM EST
we are the troika
nice little joint you got there
it's time to spread 'em

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 10:04:50 PM EST
Screams of the chastised
across the European night.
Exquisite pain.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:31:36 AM EST
Turkeys, plenty. But
No thanksgiving for Europe
No Brussels green shoots

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:39:05 AM EST
What? A billion euros!
The bickering shopkeepers
Want their money back

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:48:52 AM EST
Talking heads twitter

Sad commenter does haiku

Coping with madness

A vote for PES is a vote for EPP! A vote for EPP is a vote for PES! Support the coalition, vote EPP-PES in 2009!

by A swedish kind of death on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:57:21 AM EST
Garden dreams of spring
farmer wearing silken robes
eating the seed corn


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sapere aude
by Number 6 on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 05:09:41 AM EST
Brilliant. Tears in my eyes.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 05:21:34 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Even season word
Number 6 manages in
his Euro haiku

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 05:28:01 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Seed corn all eaten
The bare spring fields lie yearning
For green shoots they lack
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 10:29:47 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Food fight on seed corn
on a Brussels autumn day.
Silken robes part ways.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 10:33:18 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Silken edge of sword
slits belly and twists in guts
Seppuku E.U.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 10:54:58 AM EST
[ Parent ]
What fucking bullshit
the destruction, eurozone
social contract dead

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 05:18:04 AM EST
When they came for Greece
I said nothing. When they came
For me 'twas too late.

Wind power
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 09:33:17 AM EST
EU budget summit ends without deal, retry in 2013 | Reuters

(Reuters) - European Union leaders failed to reach agreement on Friday on a new seven-year budget for their troubled bloc, calling off talks in less than two days after most countries rejected deeper spending cuts demanded by Britain and its allies.

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy decided to end a summit on the 2014-2020 EU budget, worth about 1 trillion euros, and try again early next year rather than continue negotiating into the weekend, sources in six delegations said.

"It's over," one EU official involved in the talks told Reuters. He said leaders were working on a statement saying when they will return to negotiations and what caused the impasse.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 11:05:52 AM EST
most countries rejected deeper spending cuts demanded by Britain and its allies

Thankful Angela:
UK provides a cover
for her position


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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 11:08:06 AM EST
[ Parent ]
EUobserver.com / Headline News / France and Poland main winners in first round of EU budget talks

However, in a bid to pacify member states, it redistributes the cuts between budget headings.

Agriculture is the main beneficiary with an €8 billion increase, while intensive lobbying by the 15-nation "Friends of Cohesion" group led by Poland saw it rewarded by a €10.6 billion increase in funds.

The EU's own projects aimed at promoting jobs and growth are set to be the main losers from the new proposal.

The flagship Connecting Europe Facility, which focuses on infrastructure projects to develop Europe's transport, energy and digital networks would be cut a further €5 billion to €41 billion.

The Galileo space programme would also lose an extra €350 million. The irony of EU leaders cutting back on their own growth strategy, just months after agreeing on a €60 billion ' growth and jobs pact in June, was not lost on officials.

€5bn off transport, energy and digital networks to be distributed to fat-cat Big Farm interests.

They're living in another century (François Hollande first and foremost, since France fought for this).

Much more of this and I'm going to get religion and start praying.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 11:12:36 AM EST
[ Parent ]
There should be a twitter-like msg interface that only allows haiku. Filtering input for syllables should be a doddle to code - identifying no less so.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 11:06:24 AM EST
Tsk, tsk, no haiku?
How the mighty have fallen.
Give us a jingle.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 11:09:56 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Hidden persuaders
Would lose all of their power
If they went open source


You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 02:14:42 PM EST
[ Parent ]
A haiku ain't strict
Around seventeen and change
no good for cool jazz


You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 05:04:10 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Statement by the Members of the European Council (23 ovember 2012)
The European Council gives its President the mandate together with the President of the European Commission to continue the work and pursue consultations in the coming weeks to find a consensus among the 27 over the Union's Multiannual Financial Framework for the period 2014-2020.

The bilateral talks and the constructive discussion within the European Council show a sufficient degree of potential convergence to make an agreement possible in the beginning of next year.

We should be able to bridge existing divergences of views. A European budget is important for the cohesion of the Union and for jobs and growth in all our countries.

This does not read like
Van Rompuy knows what hit him,
in last paraghaph.


I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 11:29:08 AM EST
Troika grinds Greece to grease spot.
Bankster knives turn on other PIIGS.
Bombs fall on Berlin.
by rifek on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 12:10:13 PM EST
low-fat milk for proles
fat cats in brussels lick cream
skimmed off for elites

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 01:47:46 PM EST
from a certain H. von Rompuy

Eurozone crisis live: New talks over Greek aid deal underway | Business | guardian.co.uk

The night has fallen
The bare branches can be seen
Even more lonely

Is he a closet Eurotrib reader?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Nov 26th, 2012 at 11:11:42 AM EST
maybe... to me it come across as how he feels alone in his thoughts when he contemplates the current clusterfuck he's paid to prolong.

crise de conscience...

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Nov 26th, 2012 at 11:50:40 AM EST
[ Parent ]
After the Eurogroup's dismal announcement

Greek Program flops / snow buries pensioner / children arrive in locked schools

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom - William Blake

by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Mon Nov 26th, 2012 at 08:55:49 PM EST


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