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Viktor Orban's Assault on Democracy in Hungary

Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden, provides his perspective: What are going to be the consequences of what Viktor Orban is doing in Hungary at the moment?

Yea, that remains to be seen. But he's now got his majority in parliament to decide that he could rule by decree and he can virtually rule forever because he can have that prolonged by his own majority. And he has also severe prison penalties for those spreading false rumors or things like that. So, it is a disturbing development. It's a slippery slope down to something that we have seen in the past in Europe, the reaction of other countries will be most important.

Second question: What is this discussion about coronabonds?

Yep, that's the beginning of a complicated discussion, how Europe should sort of extend its solidarity when it comes to taking care of and sorting out the debt situation primarily of the countries that are the hardest hit by what is happening now. At the moment it is Italy and Spain that is the focus, but exactly who will be the ones further down the road, will that be. New proposals will be on the table in the next few days and then we'll see how the discussion goes on. Complex but important, something will happen.

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On his first day as president, Joe Biden signed a remarkable series of executive orders. Boom! The US rejoins the Paris Climate Accord. Bang! The United States rejoins the World Health Organization. Pow! No more ban on immigration from many Muslim-majority countries. Biden's press secretary reminded reporters later in the day that all these orders merely begin complex processes that take time, but the impact is still dramatic.

If you lead a country allied with the US, or you're simply hoping for some specific commitment or clear and credible statement of purpose from the US government, you might feel a little dizzy today. The sight of an American president (Barack Obama) signing his name, of the next president (Donald Trump) erasing that name from the same legislation/bill, and then the following president (Biden) signing it back into law again will raise deep concerns over the long-term reliability of the world's still-most-powerful nation.

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Listen: Renowned tech journalist Kara Swisher has no qualms about saying that social media companies bear responsibility for the January 6th pro-Trump riots at the Capitol and will likely be complicit in the civil unrest that may continue well into Biden's presidency. It's no surprise, she argues, that the online rage that platforms like Facebook and Twitter intentionally foment translated into real-life violence. But if Silicon Valley's current role in our national discourse is untenable, how can the US government rein it in? That, it turns out, is a bit more complicated. Swisher joins Ian Bremmer on our podcast.

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