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Despite fallbacks in the independence of the press and growing national sentiment, Europe is still the most democratic region of the world, according to the annual report of Freedom House, a democracy watchdog.
In a recent judgment, the Court of Justice of the European Union confirmed that Member States should ensure for asylum seekers a dignified standard of living. The Court paid special attention to the obligation to ensure the unity of family. This rule applies also in a situation when a State does not or cannot provide assistance in kind, and decides to grant financial aid. Practical obstacles, such as the overload of the reception system, do not justify refusal of support. In Saciri case, the Court relied, inter alia, on the provisions of the Charter of Fundamental Rights.
Belgian authorities refused to grant Mr. A. Diakite , a citizen of Guinea, refugee status. Moreover, the foreigner was not granted the subsidiary protection afforded to persons without the refugee status, but who in the case of return to their home country would be exposed to serious harm.
In each Member State, debates are conducted on the need to pay copyright fees to a collecting society acting on behalf of authors. Every service provider or manufacturer that wishes to broadcast music to its employees or client needs to pay such a fee.