Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council, seems a bit sad. In the wake of his failure to persuade EU leaders to agree to a budget, the former Belgian prime minister has expressed his mood in haiku poetry.


Herman Van Rompuy
Autumn end november: The night has fallen/The bare branches can be seen/Even more lonely

Haunting. It's even more morose when read in his native tongue. Poor Van Rompuy.


Herman Van Rompuy
Herfst eind november: De nacht is vallend./De kale takken zien er/Nog eenzamer uit.