earlier today, i talked to one of our legal people where i work (Insurance company) specialised on these issues (agreements, etc) and he said that it was chrystal clear that they did in fact NOT mention any exceptions to the 24 month warranty period. (he even told me to send them the document and underline the "European Union: the warranty coverage extends twenty-four (24) months from the date of original purchase." part.
So i called HTC and told them this (i'm waiting for a call from one of the managers there now btw) and that they will cause a lot of bad-will from this.
The next thing they told me made me gasp...
According to HTC (their it-systems), my phone was purchased by an american citizen and not by myself (!!??). I guess that what this means is that a person at Google bought a batch of phones from HTC to be sold from the google webpage.
I'm awaiting the call now so we will se how this ends.