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A red and yellow tide of supporters express their delight in Plaza de Colon in the Spanish capital, Madrid, after Spain's 1-0 victory over Germany in the Euro 2008 final in Vienna last night

Spain bursts with joy for their 'Campeones'

The firecrackers started before the final whistle. The trumpets followed, then the streams of cars swinging through the streets of the Spanish capital, honking their hearts out, scarlet and gold flags rippling from the windows. "Viva Espana!" wafted in the air as they passed.

Inside Europe

Children among 16 injured at military shooting demonstration

Monday, 30 June 2008

A military shooting demonstration left 16 people wounded, including children, when real bullets were used instead of blanks.

Kosovo Serbs set up rival assembly

Monday, 30 June 2008

Kosovo Serbs have inaugurated their own assembly in the divided town of Mitrovica, in a blow to the authority of the new state's ethnic Albanian leadership.

Farmers praise GM crops in EU study

Monday, 30 June 2008

European farmers who grow genetically modified crops enjoy higher yields and revenues than conventional growers, according to a new study.

Sarkozy stirs revolt against Mandelson

Saturday, 28 June 2008

The explosive clash of personalities, and policies, between the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, and the European Union's trade commissioner, Peter Mandelson, is threatening to detonate another European crisis.

Sales of rosť, traditionally a summer drink, have overtaken white wine for the first time in France

Producers in the pink as 'youthful' rosť becomes a French fashion

Saturday, 28 June 2008

Some French wine growers are rioting. Others are in the pink. Rosé, once the mocked poor relation of French vineyards, has overtaken white wine in volume of sales in France for the first time.

'Raped' Romanian girl given go-ahead for abortion

Friday, 27 June 2008

An 11-year-old girl who was reportedly raped by her uncle can have an abortion in Romania on exceptional grounds, the country's government ruled today.

The Independent broke the news on the eve of the Prado's blockbuster Goya exhibition

It's official: 'Goya work' was painted by his pupil

Friday, 27 June 2008

Francisco de Goya's arresting image of a brooding giant rising above a stampede of terrified people and animals has held pride of place for decades in Madrid's Prado museum.

Fairy-tale town of Marburg up in arms over decree on solar panels

Friday, 27 June 2008

The university town of Marburg is where the Brothers Grimm collected many of their fairy tales, and the cobbled streets and medieval buildings look like they could have come straight out of one of their illustrated children's books.

Police patrol a Roma camp in Rome on 6 June before forcing its residents out

Plight of the Roma: echoes of Mussolini

Friday, 27 June 2008

Fingerprint the lot of them: the idea had the satisfying smack of firm government. Now the Italian government was doing something tough; something long overdue.

Ireland searches for answers over failed Lisbon vote

Thursday, 26 June 2008

The Irish establishment has been plunged into a period of painful introspection over why voters ignored its advice and rejected the Lisbon Treaty on the future of the European Union.

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