Euthanasia was legalised in the Netherlands ten years ago. Each year as many as two thousand people choose to end their lives through euthanasia. However, there are some people who, despite fulfilling the legal requirements, are being refused euthanasia by their GPs. A pilot scheme has started in The Hague this month where six mobile euthanasia units will be deployed. It is a move which has angered anti-euthanasia groups.
A referendum on language held in February in Latvia exposed old divisions between Latvians and ethnic Russians in the country. The referendum was held as many in the Russian community campaigned for official status for Russian alongside Latvian. They didn’t succeed with the vote, but it brought to the fore old feelings of division. Eòrpa travelled to Latvia to find out exactly what it means to be a Latvian today, and whether ethnic Russians living in Latvia are suffering due to the complicated history of this country.
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