Nelson Mandela passes away
At the age of 95, South Africa's Nelson Mandela passed away last night.
Today, the world mourn the death of “Madiba”, a man much loved by the South African people and by the world. Former President Mandela is the founder of modern South Africa, the father of democracy in the country, and it is fair to say that he did an excellent job. South Africa is now “master of its faith; captain of its soul” as William Henley wrote in the “Madiba”’s favourite poem, "Invictus".
Read here the joint message by the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-1107_en.htm