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We are not just the foreigner-hating party
Pia Kjærsgaard led the anti-immigration Dansk Folkeparti (DF) until September 12 last year when she left the party in the hands of her protégé, Kristian Thulesen Dahl. Formed as a protest party in 1995, DF quickly gained strength and in 2001 started a decade of influence in parliament, supporting the former Venstre and Konservative government in exchange for tougher immigration policies.
Despite handing over the reins, Kjærsgaard retains influence as the party's values spokesperson, a role that allows her to continue as the party's ideological leader. An outspoken, passionate and gifted orator, she is both fanatically loved and hated for her views on Denmark and the threats it faces – mostly from outside its borders.
The Copenhagen Post sat down with Kjærsgaard to understand the world as Dansk Folkeparti sees it.
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