Nelson Mandela: an icon of humanism

05.12.2013 22:03

Nelson Mandela: an icon of humanism

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Commenting on the passing of Nelson Mandela, the Chairman of the EPP Group, Joseph Daul said:

"Today the whole world is mourning. We lost an icon of humanism. Nelson Mandela was a model for us all regardless of our origin, race, or beliefs. He embodied the values of forgiveness, courage and responsibility at the highest level. The Group expresses its admiration for Mr Mandela's ideals of humanism and humbleness that he represents for all the citizens of the world."

The Chairman of the most influential Group in the European Parliament recalled that the former South African leader was the first laureate of the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize: "In 1988, by choosing Nelson Mandela, the European Parliament set the bar very high. His name will forever be linked to the fight for freedom, justice and democracy" added Joseph Daul.

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The EPP Group is by far the largest political group in the European Parliament with 275 Members from 27 Member States.

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