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date: 23 May 2022

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This chapter provides an overview of the key constitutional provisions and the political structure of the Dutch Caribbean as well as of some of the most important constitutional issues regarding these islands. While the Caribbean countries and public entities have a different constitutional status, they are all part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. With respect to its European part, the Kingdom of the Netherlands has always been a Member State of the European Communities and nowadays the European Union, which affects the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom. Therefore, the chapter also addresses the narrowly shaped and specific relationship between these islands and the European Union.

Keywords: Dutch Caribbean, constitution, political structure, Kingdom of the Netherlands, European Union

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