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Analysis: Biden's union promises, and an interview with Hungary's Klubradio

March 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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On election eve, Joe Biden promised to be the "most pro-union president you've ever seen." On Sunday night, he took a step toward that, issuing an unusual presidential video backing the right to unionize of workers at an Amazon plant in Alabama, and implicitly warning the online retail giant not to interfere. "Let me be clear: It's not up to me to decide whether anyone should join a union," Biden said. "But let me be even more clear: It's not up to an employer to decide that, either."

(CNN)On election eve, Joe Biden promised to be the "most pro-union president you've ever seen. " On Sunday night, he took a step toward that, issuing an unusual presidential video backing the right to unionize of workers at an Amazon plant in Alabama, and implicitly warning the online retail giant not to interfere.

Last month, Klubrádió -- one of the last independent talk radio stations in Hungary -- was ordered off the air, raising alarm that press freedom was under attack in the country and adding pressure on world leaders to hold Hungarian President Viktor Orban's government to basic democratic standards.

While much Hungarian media is state-controlled, Klubrádió covers issues of inequality and offers a forum to opposition politicians, he says.

Meanwhile: What should the EU and US be doing to support democratic freedoms in Hungary?

"All freedom and liberty can be achieved only by the Hungarian people, so it would be extremely naive to think that the EU or the US or any other democratic states can achieve this.

"If Hungary and Poland applied for EU membership now, they would be rejected, that's for sure — the state of democracy and rule of law in Hungary today are simply not compatible with EU principles.

Hardy speculates that Hungary might occupy a bigger spot on the Biden administration's radar due to the family ties to Hungary of the new secretary of state, Antony Blinken -- but says the future of Hungarian democracy remains "a big question mark. "

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