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The Netherlands: Cutting loose?

25 July 2013
Trouw Amsterdam

Cutting loose? – Len

Rutte on holiday

Come on, say yes!

Visiting the former Netherlands Antilles, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte caused controversy by stating that if local politicians want independence, they "only [have] to call, then we'll deal with it."

The former Dutch Caribbean colonies are composed of autonomous states including Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten, while the islands of Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius have a special status within the kingdom. All these areas have a status of "associated" with the EU.