The Last Days of Annie Bus: A Chronicle of Dutch Euthanasia

The Last Days of Annie Bus: A Chronicle of Dutch Euthanasia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 04, 2015

Annie Bus of the Netherlands suffered from horrendous pain and paralysis, but not from a terminal illness. She wanted to die anyway. The story of how she got her wish demonstrates how difficult it is to set boundaries in a country that permits assisted suicide. By Laura Höflinger more... Comment ]

Death at Your Door: Dutch Group Pioneers Mobile Euthanasia

Death at Your Door: Dutch Group Pioneers Mobile Euthanasia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 22, 2012

A pro-euthanasia lobbying group in the Netherlands has set up a suicide clinic and formed teams of doctors that make house calls to people who wish to die. Although euthanasia is legal in the country if certain conditions are met, critics say mobile suicide teams go too far. By Laura Höflinger more...


German Medical Chief on Assisted Suicide Debate: 'We Don't Want Killing To Be Part of a Doctor's Tools'

German Medical Chief on Assisted Suicide Debate: 'We Don't Want Killing To Be Part of a Doctor's Tools'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 20, 2010

A recent survey indicates that 37 percent of doctors in Germany would consider helping a terminally ill patient die, despite German Medical Association guidelines that say this is unethical. Jörg-Dietrich Hoppe, president of the association, discusses the country's debate over assisted suicide, euthanasia and the need to develop new guidelines. more... Comment ]

SPIEGEL Interview with Dr. Michael de Ridder: 'What Is So Bad About Dying?'

SPIEGEL Interview with Dr. Michael de Ridder: 'What Is So Bad About Dying?'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 26, 2010

Michael de Ridder, the head of the emergency ward at a Berlin hospital and author of a new book on dying, discusses how modern medical advances are making death more complicated for patients with little hope of living. His book makes a plea for doctors to allow people to die with greater dignity. more...


Moral Question: Italy Debates the Right to Die

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 09, 2009

A debate is currently raging in Italy as to whether a coma patient should be allowed to die or not. Now that Prime Minister Berlusconi has become closely involved, the question has become a constitutional one as well. more...

Deadly Business: Court Expected to Rule on Assisted Suicide Case

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 21, 2009

Should police be permitted to stop the work of a former Hamburg official who now sells assisted suicide services? The issue is now headed to court and it could result in a fundamental German ruling on an issue that has divided people across Europe. By Caroline Schmidt and Andreas Ulrich more...


The Right to Die: Assisted Suicide Video Horrifies Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 01, 2008

A former Hamburg government official has launched an intense debate on the right to die in Germany. He actively helped a woman commit suicide on Saturday -- and showed a film of it on Monday. more...

Showing Death the Door: Swiss Suicide Group Dignitas Evicted

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 13, 2007

Local residents in a Zurich suburb have had enough of people dying in their building and have forced the assisted suicide organization Dignitas to find new premises. more...