Dutch politics stops minding its language

The prime minister is starting to sound like his main challenger, giving a coarse tone to the campaign.

Dutch prime minister and Liberal party VVD-leader Mark Rutte (L) with Geert Wilders, leader of populist party PVV on September 6, 2012 prepare for a debate in the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Liberals and Labour are in close election race-poll, 6 days before the general elections on 12 September. AFP PHOTO/ ROBIN UTRECHT netherlands out (Photo credit should read ROBIN UTRECHT/AFP/GettyImages)AMSTERDAM — Prime Minister Mark Rutte is imitating the brash rhetorical style of opponent Geert Wilders as he tries to fend off the advance of his far-right party ahead of a March election.

Wilders’ Freedom Party (PVV) has…

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