Hungary’s new labor law sparks backlash

             <p>By Mehmet Yilmaz</p>  <p>BUDAPEST, Hungary (AA) - Thousands of Hungarians went to the streets on Saturday to protest against a controversial labor law, local media reported.</p>  <p>The law on overtime, dubbed “slave law” increases the amount of overtime that employers can request from 250 to 400 hours.</p>  <p>Young workers “don’t want to live in a country where people are at the mercy of their employer and where wages fail to provide a livelihood,” Nikoletta Kiss of the Young People for Democracy told a huge crowd gathered in front of the Varkert Bazaar in Budapest, the Daily News Hungary reported.</p>  <p>Introduced by the ruling Fidesz party, the “slave law” came into force in Jan. 1.</p>  <p>Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his ruling Fidesz party has had a two-thirds majority since 2010.</p>    <p>

Turkish wrestler wins gold in world championships

By Mehmet Yilmaz

BUDAPEST (AA) – Turkish wrestler Metehan Basar won the gold medal in World Wrestling Championships in Hungarian capital Budapest on Saturday.

Basar claimed the medal after beating Ukranie’s Zhan Beleniuk in the men’s greco-roman style 87-kilogram category final match.

He beat his opponent 2-1 and gained his second world championship title.

Basar won the gold medal at Paris World Championships in August 2017 and the silver in the European Wrestling Championship in Serbia on May 2017.

Turkey's Suleyman Atli bags bronze in world wrestling

By Fatih Erel

BUDAPEST (AA) – Turkish wrestler Suleyman Atli won a bronze medal at the World Wrestling Championship in the Hungarian capital Budapest on Monday.

Atli defeated American wrestler Thomas Patrick Gilman 5-4 in the Men’s Freestyle 57-kilogram (125 pounds) category on the third day of the event.

More than 850 wrestlers from 97 countries are competing in Budapest to win one of the 30 world titles in freestyle, Greco-Roman and women's wrestling.

The championships will run through Oct. 28.

World Wrestling Championship to start in Hungary

By Fatih Erel

ISTANBUL (AA) – The World Wrestling Championships will begin in Hungarian capital Budapest on Saturday.

More than 850 wrestlers from 97 countries will compete in Budapest to win one of the 30 world titles in freestyle, Greco-Roman and women's wrestling.

The championships will run through Oct. 28.

Erdogan inaugurates restored tomb in Hungary

By Merve Yildizalp and Mehmet Tosun

BUDAPEST (AA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday inaugurated the restored tomb of Gul Baba in the Hungarian capital Budapest.

Highlighting importance of the historic tomb, Erdogan said his visit was not only important in terms of the relations between the two countries but also to show the deep-rooted Turkish-Hungarian friendship with the inauguration of the symbolic tomb.

Erdogan said the tomb reminds its visitors of "mutual respect, understanding and friendship among different cultures".

"Hopefully, the Gul Baba tomb with his spiritual legacy will continue to be the sign of friendship for the two countries over the next centuries," he said.

The Turkish president recalled the Gul Baba tomb is just one of many examples of common historical and cultural heritage in Hungary which represents the friendship, solidarity and common history of the two countries.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, for his part, thanked the Turkish president for his interest in the restoration of the tomb and said Turkey and Hungary jointly restore the tomb.

The Ottoman-era tomb was built between 1543 and 1548 in Budapest.

Gul Baba — which means Father of Roses — was an Ottoman Bektashi dervish poet and a companion of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent.

The tomb was restored by a Turkish-Hungarian partnership after a protocol was signed in 2014.

Erdogan: Turkey, Hungary need to boost bilateral trade

By Enes Kaplan, Yesim Sert Karaaslan, Ata Ufuk Seker

BUDAPEST (AA) – Turkey and Hungary should increase bilateral trade by building on their good political ties, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday.

"Despite the positive developments, the current state in our economic relations is not sufficient. We can move this further," Erdogan told a Turkish-Hungarian Business Forum meeting in the capital Budapest.

Erdogan said economies of Turkey and Hungary were not in a competition but they complemented each other.

"Especially, we have important cooperation potential in the areas of tourism, energy, construction, logistics, and food industry," the Turkish president said.

Erdogan said the bilateral trade volume between the two countries in 2009 stood at $1.5 billion, while it climbed to $ 2.6 billion in 2017.

He said bilateral trade reached $1.8 billion in the first eight months of 2018, adding that the two nations should set a target of over $5 billion.

"Loans provided by the Hungarian Investment Agency and a visa waiver program for our businesspeople will undoubtedly expand our investments here," Erdogan said.

Erdogan also added that Turkey considered Hungary as a commercial base and one of the most important routes to transport products to Europe.

"It will serve our win-win vision to see Hungary as a center for our products to be stored and exported to Europe, rather than just being seen as a transit route," Erdogan said.

Erdogan paid an official two-day visit to Hungary on Monday and Tuesday upon the invitation of his Hungarian counterpart Janos Ader.

– $5 billion trade target

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Turkish-Hungarian Business Forum meeting, Nail Olpak, the head of Turkish Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) said they intend to further strengthen and develop the trade relations between the two countries.

Recalling that Hungary and Turkey had agreed upon the establishment of a High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council five years ago, Olpak said: "We set some $5 billion trade volume target that day. While we achieved an increase of 38 percent, we are still hovering around $2.6 billion in trade volume."

The first meeting of the cooperation council was held during Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's visit to Turkey in 2013. The second meeting followed in 2015 in Budapest and the third one in Ankara in 2017 under the chairmanship of the then Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and Orban. The fourth meeting will be held in Budapest in 2019.

Olpak also stressed on a problem of providing bilateral transit permits for trucks carrying goods between Turkey and Hungary, adding that the number of permits issued had dropped by 60 percent compared to last year.

"If we are not able to mutually take trucks to each other's countries, we cannot talk about the increase of our mutual exports. Of course, we desire a quick and fair solution," he added.

Adnan Polat, the head of Turkey-Hungary Business Council, said that Turkish producers eyeing trade and exports in Europe should use Hungary as a commercial base.

Around 80,000 Hungarian tourists visited Turkey in 2017. There are approximately 2,500 Turkish citizens residing in Hungary, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

Turkey's Erdogan embarks on visit to Hungary

By Selma Kasap

ANKARA (AA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Monday embarked on a two-day official visit to Hungary upon the invitation of his Hungarian counterpart Janos Ader.

Erdogan was accompanied by his wife Emine Erdogan, Turkish Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

The Turkish president is due to meet Ader, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Parliament Speaker Laszlo Kover during his visit.

Erdogan and Orban are also due to hold a joint news conference following their meeting.

The Turkish president and Hungarian officials are expected to discuss bilateral relations, Turkey-EU ties, irregular migration and the fight against terrorism. They will also exchange views on regional and international issues.

"The visit will be the sign of the common will at the highest level, aimed at boosting our cooperation with Hungary in every field as part of our strategic partnership," the presidency said in a statement.

Erdogan is also expected to officially inaugurate the restored Tomb of Gul Baba in Budapest, attend a business forum with Orban, and pay a visit to the Budapest Turkish Memorial Cemetery.

Ankara and Budapest enjoy friendly relations based on historical and cultural ties, NATO alliance, close cooperation within international organizations, especially the EU and the Council of Europe, and Hungary’s support to Turkey’s EU membership.

Spotlight on Turkey at Budapest tourism fair

By Mehmet Yilmaz

BUDAPEST (AA) – A booth touting Turkey’s fine arts and cuisine is attracting would-be globetrotters at a Hungarian travel fair, said a Turkish official.

''Turkey has always been a favorite country in Hungary. Tourism figures show this too,” Hilal Demirel, a tourism attache in charge of Hungary at Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry, told Anadolu Agency at the 41st International Tourism Fair in the capital Budapest.

“We finished out 2017 on the rise. We learned that bookings for 2018 are going very well too. Our expectations for the Hungarian market this year are high,” she added.

The Turkish art of marbling or ebru is being exhibited together with Turkish music at Turkey’s fair booth, alongside some 280 tour operators.

At the fair, Turkish singer Orhan Cakmak said relations between Turkey and Hungary have historic roots and Turkish music gets a lot of attention at the fair, adding:

“It’s a great pleasure to welcome visitors from Hungary and other European countries together with music.”

Turkey’s tourism revenue reached $26.3 billion in 2017, with more than 38 million foreigners visiting the country, according to official data.

Turkish table tennis head praises Hu’s Euro triumph

ANKARA (AA) – The head of Turkey’s Table Tennis Federation praised Turkish national athlete Melek Hu Monday for scoring a gold in the 2016 European Championships.

Oktay Cimen told Anadolu Agency that Hu scored an “incredible victory” by winning a gold medal in Sunday’s championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Hu’s 4-1 victory over Portugual’s Yu Fu brought Turkey its first-ever gold in the women’s singles category.

Cimen said they have been awaiting this success for years, adding, “We were crowned European champions in women’s singles for the first time”.

Seven Turkish athletes – three women and four men – competed in this year’s European Championships.