AUTHOR IS THE WINNNER OF THE 2016 WORLD MAYOR PRIZE
MAYOR BART SOMERS’ CITY OF MECHELEN HAS BEEN RANKED
IN THE FINANCIAL TIMES’ TOP 10 MICRO EUROPEAN CITIES
OF THE FUTURE
‘People need a sense of purpose, and contact with other ideologies makes us freer. But religion must yield if it conflicts with our basic values.’ – Bart Somers
We live in a time of fear. What can we do to stop isis? How do we prevent them from indoctrinating and recruiting young people? How do we defend our society? Blame and simplistic war rhetoric will get us nowhere. This is no time for flippancy. We need a coherent approach that reconciles security with freedom and offers new hope to all citizens. This book outlines such a strategy, one that strengthens rather than erodes our rights and freedoms. For the fight against isis also means a struggle with ourselves and with our belief in the strength of our society.
Live together, not alongside each other, and with a lot of empathy for one another: that is liberal politician Bart Somers’ recipe for a peaceful society. He believes we should introduce newcomers to our basic values, without using them against them.
‘People need a sense of purpose, and contact with other ideologies makes us freer. But religion must yield if it conflicts with our basic values.’
Press on Living Together:
‘This book is a must for everyone who wants to gain a nuanced understanding of the perennial issue of radicalism.’– **** De Zondag
Press on Bart Somers:
‘Bart Somers is a proud mayor. His 85.000 strong Flemish town, with a 20% share of mainly Moroccan-origin Muslims, has so far managed to avoid sending anyone to fight for so-called Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.’ – The Wall Street Journal
‘I’m 45 years old, Muslim and very active in the community. I see the changes. He deserves to be the best of the world.’ – From Nominations for World Mayor 2016Contact us