Inequality in the Kingdom: a constitutional judge would be a step in the right direction

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PHILIPSBURG — Maintaining the myth that there is equality between the four countries in the Kingdom of the Netherlands is hypocritical, St. Maarten’s representative in the Council of State Maria van der Sluis-Plantz said during the presentation of the Handboek Caribisch Staatrecht (Handbook Caribbean Constitutional Law) in Leiden.  More...

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By The Publisher On Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

Second Chamber majority: Returning prisoners to St. Maarten is allowed

PHILIPSBURG — News coming out of The Netherlands reports that a majority in the Dutch Second Chamber in The Hague yesterday rejected a motion to suspend the relocation of prisoners back to St. Maarten. This More...

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By The Publisher On Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Knops puts Van Raak at ease about parliament building

PHILIPSBURG – There is no proposal at the parliament in St. Maarten to use money earmarked for the reconstruction after Hurricane Irma for “a new expensive parliament, a futuristic project for a salt-crystal More...

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By The Publisher On Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Income parliamentarians under attack again

PHILIPSBURG – State Secretary Raymond Knops is not done yet with attempts to address the high remuneration of members of parliament in St. Maarten. This appears from answers to questions from SP-MP Ronald More...

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By The Publisher On Monday, February 25th, 2019

Cargo ship Midnight Stone with humanitarian aid turned back from Venezuela

WILLEMSTAD — Venezuelan authorities turned back the cargo ship Midnight Stone filled with humanitarian aid, goods and foods when it sailed from Curacao via Bonaire to Venezuela this past weekend. Another More...

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By The Publisher On Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

Schotte loses appeal and is no longer MP

WILLEMSTAD – Former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte is no longer a member of the parliament in Curacao and the parliament was within its rights when it stopped paying his salary. Schotte, who is currently serving More...

By The Publisher On Monday, January 28th, 2019

Curacao’s agreement with the Dutch: heaven or hell?

PHILIPSBURG — Last week Curacao’s Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath signed an agreement with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. It’s rather optimistic title is ‘Samenwerkingsconvenant Groeistrategie Curacao’ More...

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By The Publisher On Friday, January 25th, 2019

Bosman-law gives St. Maarten more control over independence

PHILIPSBURG — The Dutch parliamentary committee Kingdom Relations postponed handling a draft initiative kingdom law submitted by VVD parliamentarian André Bosman this week until there is an advice from the More...

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By The Publisher On Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Financial supervision remains in place for another three years

PHILIPSBURG – St. Maarten and Curacao will remain under financial supervision until at least 2021. The committee that evaluated the countries’ level of compliance with the Kingdom law financial supervision More...

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By The Publisher On Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Supreme Court upholds Schotte’s conviction

THE HAGUE – In a 65-page ruling containing 169 articles the Supreme Court has confirmed the conviction of Curacao’s former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte to 3 years of imprisonment and a 5-year ban from More...