So now we know. Legal minds have shed their light on the conditions the Netherlands insists that St. Maarten has to agree to before it gets a penny in financial aid for the reconstruction of the island. I don’t need to go into the legal arguments and the finer points of the argument. The bottom line of these opinions is that the Netherlands CAN impose conditions.
In other words: it is not forbidden, but it is not mandatory either.This brings me to the point how much sense these conditions make – and I maintain: they are nonsensical. Click here to read the rest of Hilbert Haar's opinion piece..