- 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. more... [ Comment ]
- April 25, 2013
German historian Götz Aly is an expert on euthanasia during the Nazi era. In a SPIEGEL interview, he discusses why many accepted the murder of the handicapped and mentally ill, and how his own daughter has shaped his views on how the disabled should be treated today. more... [ Comment ]
- 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. more...
- 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 ]
- 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...
- 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...
- 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. more...
- December 04, 2008
Luxembourg's parliament looks ready to strip the Grand Duke of his last lawmaking power as a controversy over euthanasia comes to a head. One of Europe's last royals with political sway may lose his formal veto by taking a stand against a law legalizing euthanasia. more...
- 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...
- 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...