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Three Countries in One Kingdom. The Netherlands Antilles and the Paradox of Independence
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Three Countries in One Kingdom. The Netherlands Antilles and the Paradox of Independence

(Peter Hoefnagels) The Low Countries - 1997, № 5, pp. 46-54

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We have known for a long time what happens when one colonises a country. But what happens when one wants to get rid of the ex-colony, but can't, and yet wishes to deal with it in a proper manner? Post-colonialism is a thing of the past, you are stuck with each other, a bit of Europe and a bit of the Caribbean. It is a unique process of decolonisation in the Dutch Antilles and Aruba, without violence, without loss of life, but with all the multicultural problems of the living. Since the Netherlands finally accepted in 1990 that the Antilles and Aruba are to remain with the Netherlands, Curaçao and Aruba are, thanks to Gorbachov, closer to Russia than ever before. The Caribbean connected to Europe, that is a fine global thought.

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