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Radio Sweden Wednesday

After weeks of rumors and denials, media reports here appear to confirm that the Swedish government caved in to U.S. pressure when it shut down the file-sharing site Pirate Bay

You could hear a pin drop across the country at 9PM local time Tuesday night as Sweden kicked off against England.  And for the next few hours, the only things to be heard were groans of disappointment and screams of elation.  

We’ll have reports both from Cologne and from our sports editor Dave Russell, who watched the match from the middle of the enemy camp.

Then it’s time for Europefile:  Today Azariah Kiros delves into whether or not the European Constitution will ever be ratified by the entire bloc.  And why does the EU need two seats of parliament? 

Closing Music:  ’Who’s Da Man’ – Frans/Elias

According to reports, the recent police action against a popular Swedish file-sharing website was prompted by pressure from the White House on the Swedish government. Mark Cummins has more:

World Cup fever well and truly gripped Sweden on Tuesday night as the national team took the point it needed to go through to the knockout stages of the competition…and at the same time, extended the amazing 38-year unbeaten run against England.  Our reporter Sujay Dutt was at the match in Cologne:

England once again they failed to beat Sweden, a point of national shame for our very English reporter Dave Russell-who went along to watch the game, surrounded by Swedes, at a giant screening at Stockholm’s old Olympic stadium:

Time now for this month’s edition of Europefile with Azariah Kiros:

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