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Political pipedreams

By Hilbert Haar The Central Plan Bureau in the Netherlands routinely analyses election programs of political parties before an election takes place. Such analyses show whether these programs are financially feasible, or not. During the last Inter-Parliamentary Kingdom Consultation (IPKO) in Bonaire, members of the permanent parliamentary committee More...

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By The Publisher On Wednesday, October 6th, 2021
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A flawed verdict highlighted

In September, GEBE, first alone and then together with the members of its supervisory board, filed  lawsuits against the company’s shareholder Country St. Maarten based on tort. More specifically, because Country More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, September 30th, 2021
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COHO: No choice at all

By Hilbert Haar The Kingdom Council of State has finalized its advice about the amended draft kingdom law COHO (Caribbean Organization for Reform and Development) but at the moment of this writing it was not published More...

By The Publisher On Monday, September 20th, 2021
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Online sales-tax: a fata morgana

By Hilbert Haar The idea to introduce a 7.5 percent tax on online purchases has triggered many questions. According to Minister Ardwell Irion (Finance) such a tax would “level the playing field” and encourage More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, August 17th, 2021
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Useless political saber rattling

By Hilbert Haar The history of St. Maarten’s Integrity Chamber is an interesting one. Parliamentarians bickered endlessly over the establishment of this institution and when they finally agreed with it in August More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, July 1st, 2021
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Financial chaos

By Hilbert Haar If you managed your household finances the way the government deals with its taxpayer-funded financial responsibilities you would probably have a hell of a row with your better half. Related article: More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, June 29th, 2021
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Empty promises

By Hilbert Haar Did the Court in First Instance rule in favor of Justice Minister Anna Richardson? Or did it rule in favor of the unions? Politicians have a talent for calling something that is actually black, More...

By The Publisher On Friday, April 9th, 2021
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A regrettable decision

By Hilbert Haar Well, well. The politicians that have been bashing airport CEO Brian Mingo for months have gotten their way – for now. Down the road the decision by the airport-holding to terminate its contract More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, April 6th, 2021
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The press release-parliamentarian

By Hilbert Haar The press release-parliamentarian, aka independent MP Christophe Emmanuel, is at it again, together with his public relation officer, mini market-owner Michael Granger. In his umpteenth press release, More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, March 30th, 2021
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Invoking Article 59 is PM Jacobs’ final option

PHILIPSBURG — Government and Parliament are at a crossroads due to the continued dispute about the insistence by State Secretary Raymond Knops that the Parliament denounces the petition it submitted to the More...






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