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Populist rhetoric: the Dutch PVV

This is the first of a series of briefings by Counterpoint leading up to the European Parliament elections. These briefings are designed to help those looking to build a counter-narrative to populist rhetoric in Europe – including politicians, campaigners and journalists.

In these briefings, we will study the discourse of some of the most important parties that use this kind of rhetoric. We will show what their MEPs have been saying in the European Parliament and how other politicians have responded. Our aim is to shine a light on the rhetoric of these parties, to highlight when this language has had influence, and to outline where responses and counter-strategies have been effective. In this first briefing, we focus on the PVV (Partij Voor de Vrijheid) in the Netherlands.

Download the first briefing here.


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