Sweden OK's Controversial Pipeline
Swedish Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren says the Swedish government has approved the passage of the controversial Nord Stream natural gas pipeline through the Swedish economic zone in the Baltic Sea.
Even the Finnish government gave its approval on Thursday.
The pipeline will deliver 55 billion cubic metres of gas per year from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea, and is scheduled to be in operation in 2011. The project has been criticised on environmental and security grounds, as well as by Poland and the Baltic states, who claim that the project's sole aim is to circumvent them.
However, on Thursday afternoon, the opposition Social democrat leader Mona Sahlin said that she was deeply troubled by the government's acceptance of the scheme. All three opposition parties are are highly critical to the pipeline which they believe to be a dangerous project in a very sensitive area.
But Sahlin did not think it would be possible to scrap the co-operation should the opposition win the election in 2010.
"Legally I find it hard to believe that it would be possible. The matter had to be settled now- and I am afraid the government has gone about it the wrong way," she said to Swedish Radio News.