Minister under fire over support for Bluf

Environment minister Jacqueline Cramer has set up her own investigation into her apparent support for a break-in at the economic affairs ministry in 1986.

Cramer, then head of the environmental lobby group Milieudefensie, is one of 178 signatories to a letter of support for the magazine Bluf which published documents stolen in the raid. The documents showed that the government had plans to build new nuclear power stations. The letter was re-published by the NRC Handelsblad on Tuesday.
In a statement, Cramer said she had no recollection of signing the letter, pointing out that her surname was wrongly spelled Kramer.
Earlier this month, when it emerged that GroenLinks MP Wijnand Duyvendak had been involved in the burglary, Cramer distanced herself from the action.
Duyvendak, who also worked for Bluf, later resigned.
Right-wing MPs have called on Cramer to resign. ‘A minister with such a past should not be tolerated,’ nationalist MP Rita Verdonk (TON) told a tv chat show on Tuesday night.
But both the ruling Labour and Christian Democrats said they accepted Cramer’s explanation and would wait for the results of her inquiry before making any more comments.

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