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The PVV was formed 10 years ago: what the papers say
Ten years ago, Geert Wilders launched his anti-Islam party, the Partij voor de Vrijheid, or PVV, after a spell as an MP for the VVD and as an independent. Today the party is way out in front in the opinion polls but commentators are divided about what the real impact of the PVV actually is.
Trouw hones in on what it considers Wilders' trademark: his talent to antagonise. MPs have (almost) learnt to cope with his jibes and sneers but it has taken time, the paper writes. Alexander Pechtold is among those who is still an easy target. In 2014 Wilders called him 'a pathetic little man and a hypocrite to boot'.
'I will never get used to it. It appears we have to ignore him but I want to let people know I will never accept it,' Pechtold is quoted as saying about Wilders' behaviour.
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