PETCOM resumes supply of fuel to fisher folks following three week disruption

first_imgRelatedPETCOM resumes supply of fuel to fisher folks following three week disruption RelatedPETCOM resumes supply of fuel to fisher folks following three week disruption Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Over the last three weeks, there has been disruption in the supply of government subsidized blended fuel to the fisheries sector. This is as a result of the unavailability of supply from the marketing company, PETCOM. Orders for fuel were made in early November, but to date a number of fishing communities remains without the commodity.Since August 2002, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has had a supply agreement with PETCOM to provide fuel to the industry. The agreement states in part that “PETCOM shall on receipt of an order from the MOA for the supply of the product, use its best endeavors to promptly supply MOA, with the product after 24 hours of receipt of order.where PETCOM fails to deliver in 72 hours after receipt of the order, may with prior consent of PETCOM procure the product from a third party.”Unfortunately, PETCOM did not honour its contractual obligation, resulting in the operations of a number of fisher folks being disrupted, negatively affecting their livelihoods. This is the third such recurrence since the start of the year and we are concerned about this development, as this is the only source for subsidized blended fuel for fisher folks. We consider the fishing sector important, as it employs more than 60-thousand people directly and indirectly. In 2009, total fish production amounted to just over 18-thousand metric tons contributing to the economy US $60M.The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries wishes to advise, that this unfortunate disruption relates to the inability of PETCOM to provide the outboard lubricant required to blend the fuel.In the meanwhile.the Ministry can confirm that supply has resumed and it will be redoubling its efforts through intense discussions with PETCOM to ensure that this lapse does not recur.center_img RelatedPETCOM resumes supply of fuel to fisher folks following three week disruption PETCOM resumes supply of fuel to fisher folks following three week disruption TechnologyNovember 25, 2010last_img read more

That was fast: Spieth takes lead into 2nd straight Sun.

first_imgJordan Spieth was two shots off the lead when he pulled 8-iron from 158 yards out at the par-4 16th Saturday at Pebble Beach. Adjusting for the wind on a blustery day on the Monterey Peninsula – and some mud – Spieth threw the shot out to the right and watched it track back left toward the hole. “In the air I thought it was going to be really good, it was one of the only shots I kind of said, ‘Oh, be good,’” Spieth said. “And as it landed it was just exactly where I was trying to hit it, certainly a bonus for it to drop. … It’s a good lesson to learn for tomorrow: how quickly things can change out here.” Spieth’s hole-out eagle propelled him to 13 under, while two of his competitors, Daniel Berger and Nate Lashley, struggled coming in. Berger hit his tee ball on No. 18 out of bounds and made double bogey to drop to 11 under, where he’s tied with four others, including Lashley, who bogeyed each of his final two holes. They are all two shots back of Spieth, who shot 1-under 71 and now holds a 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour for the second straight week. Last Sunday in Phoenix, Spieth closed in 72 to finish T-4, extending his lengthy losing streak that dates to his last win, at the 2017 Open Championship. How Spieth will adjust after Round 3 at Pebble So, while Spieth knows how quickly things can change in golf, he’s also well aware of how slowly they can’t. The past few years have certainly been a struggle for Spieth, who nearly fell out of the top 100 in the world rankings, to No. 92, before his performance at TPC Scottsdale brought him back inside the top 70. The swing, particularly with the longer clubs, is mostly to blame, but the confidence also waned, so much so that there were times when the three-time major champion and former world No. 1 didn’t recognize that player. Yes, there were flashes mixed in there, but those spurts of success were the result of a duct-taped game. Now, seemingly on the other side of it all after seven straight promising rounds, Spieth finally looks poised to end the drought. “I don’t really care about the time frame stuff,” Spieth said Saturday. “I’m really just going to throw that out of my head because I’m finally consistently doing things over the last two weeks that I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I think, obviously the more you continue to do that, the bounces go your way, like the hole out did today on 16. Someone may do that to me tomorrow or come shoot a 64 or something. I mean, it’s golf, and it’s Pebble Beach, and you can go low, and it can also be really challenging. … What I’m asking for is a chance to win the golf tournament on 18.” He may not be all the way back. He may not have that “phenomenal control” like he did when he was winning multiple times a year. He may not possess that supreme confidence from when he was winning majors. But he’s getting there – and quickly. “I’m just trying to have it feel a little bit better than yesterday,” he said. AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Full-field scores | Full coverage He’s more confident than he was a Sunday ago. He’s hitting it better, more consistently, and putting with more aggressiveness. You can bet he’ll still be nervous when he sticks the tee in the ground on Pebble’s opening hole in less than 24 hours, but he’s never not been nervous when he’s had a chance to close out a tournament. And after last week, he knows what that feels like again. “Jordan’s going to have to play well because there’s a lot of guys right there,” Berger said. “It’s not going to be handed to him. He’s going to have to shoot a good score.” For a change, Spieth is ready.last_img read more

Sex Chromosomes Refuse to Fit One Origins Theory

first_imgCongratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Paul NelsonSenior Fellow, Center for Science and CulturePaul A. Nelson is currently a Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute and Adjunct Professor in the Master of Arts Program in Science & Religion at Biola University. He is a philosopher of biology who has been involved in the intelligent design debate internationally for three decades. His grandfather, Byron C. Nelson (1893-1972), a theologian and author, was an influential mid-20th century dissenter from Darwinian evolution. After Paul received his B.A. in philosophy with a minor in evolutionary biology from the University of Pittsburgh, he entered the University of Chicago, where he received his Ph.D. (1998) in the philosophy of biology and evolutionary theory.Follow PaulProfile Share Doesn’t everyone like sex? Of course they do — and the designer made the sexual organs of angiosperms, namely, flowers, to be the most spectacularly beautiful structures in biology, so he evidently likes sex too.  An invited review (open access) in Genome Biology and Evolution explores the “incredible diversity of sex chromosome systems,” but especially how their evolutionary origins refuse to fit any one theory. See, “Sex chromosome evolution: So many exceptions to the rules.”From the abstract:Despite many convergent genomic patterns exhibited by independently evolved sex chromosome systems, and many case studies supporting these theoretical predictions, emerging data provide numerous interesting exceptions to these long-standing theories, and suggest that the remarkable diversity of sex chromosomes is matched by a similar diversity in their evolution.Photo: Ophrys apifera, also known as the “bee orchid,” by Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE / CC BY-SA. Recommended TagsangiospermsbiologyevolutionflowersGenome Biology and Evolutionintelligent designOphrys apiferasexsex chromosomes,Trending “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Evolution Life Sciences Sex Chromosomes Refuse to Fit One Origins TheoryPaul NelsonApril 24, 2020, 4:37 PM center_img Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogoslast_img read more

Sony details limits of PS5 backward compatibility

first_imgSony details limits of PS5 backward compatibility10 PS4 titles including Hitman Go and Afro Samurai 2 will not play on PS5, while new PS5 HD Camera won’t work in place of PS4’s PlayStation CameraBrendan SinclairManaging EditorFriday 9th October 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleSony Interactive EntertainmentSony today offered a bit more detail on the limits of the PlayStation 5’s backwards compatibility, including a list of 10 PS4 games that won’t work on the new system.The complete list of “PS4 Only” games follows below:DWVRAfro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma Volume OneTT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2Just Deal With It! Shadow Complex RemasteredRobinson: The JourneyWe SingHitman Go: Definitive EditionShadwenJoe’s DinerSony noted that the PS4 has a library of more than 4,000 games, making the incompatible titles account for less than one quarter of 1% of the past generation system’s offerings.Related JobsSenior VFX Artist Remote Spain UK & Europe Big PlanetBuild Engineer – Games – Cheshire, England UK & Europe Big PlanetSenior Unity Programmers F2P Mobile Games Turkey Turkey Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games However, performance may vary title to title, and Sony has recommended players try to boot and play PS4 games on the PS5 to ensure they run acceptably before buying any add-ons they intend to use on the new hardware.As for accessories, Sony said officially supported PS4 controllers and game pads will only work when playing PS4 games on the PS5, while PS4 specialty controllers like racing wheels and fight sticks should work with PS4 and PS5 games.Finally, Sony notes the PS 5 HD Camera accessory is not compatible with PS4 games, so players will need to use a PS4 PlayStation Camera (and adaptor) to play PS4 titles that rely on it, like PSVR games.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesSony’s cross-play deal seems a smart solution to a complex problem | OpinionThe royalty Sony and Epic agreed to open up cross-play on PlayStation has caused anger – but it’s a nuanced response to the growing complexity of the industry’s revenue modelsBy Rob Fahey 4 days agoSony facing lawsuit over PlayStation Store exclusivityPlatform holder stopped allowing third party stores to sell digital downloads in 2019By Danielle Partis 5 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Day 1

first_imgWhat a day to start, with no humans to be seen the entire road stretch, bit scary but walking is a must for the limbs to activate!!Any passerby would immediately distance himself a feet more while coming close, what a respect shown for me, than “Social Distancing” for them!Birds were at their best chirping all day long with no vehicle sound for them to think it is still the early hours of the day, though it was sun set!Well each day is a momment of nostalgia as one does not know, when his or her’s destiny would end abruptily, with the current virus threat ??last_img read more

County lawyer Mark Morchel delivers epic retirement speech at freeholders meeting

first_img December 25, 2015 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm Bayonne 2-alarm fire leaves six people displaced, one suffers minor injuries, fire chief says Matt Barrett Community Philip Matsikoudis Deputy Hudson County Counsel Mark Morchel delivered an epic retirement speech that left the board of chosen freeholders and the crowd alike in stitches at yesterday’s meeting. [fve]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjKsg8OBl4o&feature=youtu.be[/fve]“I’m kind of embarrassed by taking up this much time, but I’ve been holding my tongue for 28 years and now I’m gonna tell you … I’m gonna tell you how I really feel,” Morchel said in a joking fashion, setting the tone for a speech that was every bit a stand up comedy routine as it was a reflection on his career.After praising both the freeholders and the county directors for their hard work, “they could make a good living in the private sector, but they chose to serve our community,” Morchel said he was just a regular guy “who kept showing up” and really “did nothing heroic.”The highlights of Morchel’s public comments came when he spoke about what he will remember about certain colleagues.“You know that old Jack and the Beanstalk [line]? Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman. Be he alive or be he dead, I’ll grind his bones to make my bread. Well, you know what? The deal is, that wasn’t, that wasn’t [County Administrator] Abe [Antun], that was [Roads and Public Property Director] Buddy [Demellier].”The crowd later almost appeared ready to fall out of their seats when Morchel compared County Counsel Donato Battista to Popeye the Sailor Man.“And to the county counsel: he’s like uh … for those old enough to remember Popeye. He takes old law books, that are now online, he takes old law books and shreds them, and when a problem comes up, he squeezes the box and the pulp goes up and he goes like this [mimics consuming a drink and growing muscles].”“And there’s like theme music that plays upstairs [makes a tugboat whistle noise] and he comes up with the answer.”If yesterday was any indication, it appears that the Hudson County Law Department just got a lot more boring with Morchel’s retirement. TAGSboard of chosen freeholdershudson county law departmentmark morchel SHARE Previous articleLETTER: Feedback is welcomed for Hoboken’s Rebuild by Design, council pres. saysNext article2015 Feuds of the Year – Number 8: Matthew Cheng vs. West New York BOE John Heinis RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR CommunityJersey City CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network Lorraine Senerchia January 6, 2016 8:21 am at 8:21 am Share on Facebook Tweet on Twittercenter_img Bayonne 3 COMMENTS Bayonne Facebook Twitter I was very fortunate to know Mark Morchel. He is without question one of the best people I have have had the pleasure to know. I will miss miss him tremendously as he leaves New Jersey for Florida. I wish Mark and his family the best in retirement. County lawyer Mark Morchel delivers epic retirement speech at freeholders meeting Hoboken man killed in motorcycle crash on N.J. Turnpike in Kearny, state police say Good Luck Mark, Enjoy your retirement. Comments are closed. Happy Retirement Mark and family. It was a pleasure working with you and knowing you.Send us pictures of your art work. God Bless. December 29, 2015 2:13 pm at 2:13 pm By John Heinis – December 24, 2015 11:01 am 3 last_img read more

Shannon Dueck again Wins Sho Clothes Signature Whip

first_img SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Shannon Dueck and S Infinity won the open Prix St Georges class in the weekend of November 15 and 16 at the Gold Coast Dressage Association (GCDA) Fall Fling Show, held at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in Wellington. The duo also won the Sho Clothes Signature Whip for the second year in a row.Canadian Dueck has been training in Europe with Dutch trainer Bert Rutten. She and S Infinity, who is owned by Cetty Weiss, earned a score of 69.5% to capture the high score and take home the engraved silver-topped Sho Clothes whip. “S Infinity is only seven-years-old but he is getting more and more consistent in his collection and I was really happy he pulled off the Prix St Georges. He’s a spectacular mover and his highlight is his extended trot”, Dueck commentedSho Clothes is a clothing destination for dressage riders. They are supportive of local dressage riders and shows, and their mobile boutique is a welcome fixture at major dressage shows in Southern Florida. We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Email*last_img read more

Patrick Frazee, fiancé of missing Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth, arrested for murder, solicitation to commit murder

first_imgWoodland Park Police Department(WOODLAND PARK, Colo.) — Patrick Frazee, the fiancé of missing Colorado mother Kelsey Berreth, was arrested for first-degree murder and solicitation to commit first-degree murder Friday morning, nearly one month after Berreth vanished, police said.Berreth, a 29-year-old mother of a 1-year-old girl, was last seen on Thanksgiving in the area of her Woodland Park home.Her body has not been found but information is helping narrow down the search, Woodland Park Police Chief Miles De Young said at a news conference Friday.The crime may have occurred at her home, police said.Berreth’s phone, however, ended up in Idaho, and authorities are working to recover it, police said.Berreth and Frazee’s baby is in protective custody and will be reunited with Berreth’s family, the chief said.Frazee was booked on first-degree murder and solicitation to commit first-degree murder, prosecutors said, with formal charges to follow.Additional arrests are possible, the chief said.Affidavits in this case were sealed by the court, prosecutors said.Frazee’s former attorney, Jeremy Loew, said last week his client “continues to cooperate with law enforcement in the missing person investigation.”Frazee was focusing “on parenting the child he shares with Ms. Berreth,” Loew said at the time.Loew said on Friday that Frazee is now represented by public defender Adam Steigerwald.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Six commissioners to stand down during elections

first_imgJosé Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, announced today that six European commissioners will take leave from their duties from 19 April in order to campaign for seats in the next European Parliament.Commissioners must be politically and nationally neutral, and their code of conduct forbids them from undertaking their duties while actively politically campaigning. The six commissioners will be placed on “electoral leave” for the period 19 April to 25 May. Those who are elected and decide to take up their seats will have to resign from their position in the Commission by the end of June. Those who do not take up a seat can return to work.The current Commission’s mandate ends in November. Nevin Mimica, the newest commissioner from Croatia responsible for consumer policy, will have his duties taken over by Laszlo Andor, the Hungarian commissioner for employment.The president has decided not to ask Karel De Gucht to take electoral leave, even though he is standing for election. De Gucht has promised that he will not take up his seat if he is elected and will not participate actively in the campaign. The code of conduct allows for such an exemption.The portfolios appear to have been generally distributed to commissioners from the same political family. However, sources close to Barroso say that giving the portfolios to commissioners from the same political group was not a decisive factor. A spokeswoman for the Commission said that decision had been taken based on the president’s judgement and after consultations with the commissioner currently holding the portfolios. Also On POLITICO EU agrees to boost support for Central African Republic as violence escalates By Andrew Gardner The portfolios of the six commissioners will be reassigned to other members of the college who are not campaigning.Maros Šefčovič, the commissioner from Slovakia responsible for inter-institutional relations and administration, will have his duties taken over by Barroso.Viviane Reding, the commissioner from Luxembourg responsible for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship, will have her duties taken over by Johannes Hahn, the Austrian commissioner for regional policy.Antonio Tajani, the commissioner from Italy responsible for industry, will have his duties taken over by Michel Barnier, the French commissioner for the internal market.Olli Rehn, the commissioner from Finland responsible for economic and monetary affairs, will have his duties taken over by Siim Kallas, the Estonian commissioner responsible for transport.Janusz Lewandowski, the commissioner from Poland responsible for financial programming and the budget, will have his duties taken over by Andris Piebalgs, the Latvian commissioner responsible for development.last_img read more

In German GroKo talks, not much love for Europe

first_img“The expectation of some in Brussels that it could start raining money is a bit unrealistic,” Wolff said.So when will Berlin address the grander visions of a more tightly integrated Europe with common budgets, an empowered parliament and executive?If the Germans have a say, maybe never.“It’s waiting for Godot,” Guérot said. Also On POLITICO Ger-pocalypse now? By Matthew Karnitschnig In heartland, German Social Democrats reject new deal with Merkel By Emily Schultheis Instead, they focused on picayune domestic issues. As a consequence, some observers argue another GroKo would lack the mandate to pursue an ambitious reform course. “They’ve been lying to the public about the reality in Europe for the past five years,” Guérot said. “As a result, when it comes to these big questions, Germany is in no position to make decisions.”“The expectation of some in Brussels that it could start raining money is a bit unrealistic” — Guntram WolffIf another GroKo is formed, the most Europe can probably hope for is incremental progress in reforming the eurozone, Bruegel’s Wolff said.Berlin has signaled it would be willing to embrace deposit insurance as part of the broader banking union over the long term. Germany also favors transforming the eurozone’s bailout fund into a proper European institution that could play a role in monitoring members’ economies.Those may not be the kind of blockbuster changes some are calling for, but they are not insignificant and would in the long run likely have popular German support because the economic arguments are compelling.The GroKo parties have also signaled that they would be willing to invest more in Europe and contribute larger sums to the EU budget, a necessity once the U.K. exits. The question is how much. If all goes according to plan, the thinking goes, Germany’s two biggest parties will have agreed to remarry by the end of the weekend, bringing Europe a big step closer to a new dawn, as Berlin seizes the initiative on European reform to lead the Continent forward.European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker sounded positively Trumpian after reading the German blueprint | Peter Klaunzer/EPAWith austerity king Wolfgang Schäuble out of the way, German Chancellor Angela Merkel eyeing her legacy and über-Europhile Martin Schulz trying to leave his own mark, what could go wrong?A lot.“I don’t understand where the hype comes from,” said Ulrike Guérot, founder of the European Democracy Lab think tank and a professor of European politics at Austria’s Donau Universität. “It’s wishful thinking to expect a coalition that so far has been at one another’s throats will come together suddenly on a substantial European agenda.”Indeed, Europe’s GroKo expectations appear to be based on little more than vague hope.When Merkel, a Christian Democrat, and Social Democrat leader Schulz declared last month that they had inked a framework for a “grand coalition” (GroKo in Berlin-speak), Europe looked like the big winner. The dirty little secret of German politics is that the population doesn’t really care that much. Europe has become a rhetorical prop — everyone is for it, at least in the abstract.In a survey last month of Germans’ views of the most pressing political issues, the question of fixing Europe didn’t even register.That may be because many Germans don’t think the EU is broken. Germany, with its strong economy and perpetual export surpluses, is the prime beneficiary of European integration.While most in the country welcome measures to strengthen the EU’s external borders and other efforts aimed at keeping migrants at bay, they have less time for proposals such as one for a Europe-wide bank deposit insurance. Reforms that could put German treasure at risk remain politically difficult, even outside conservative circles.The repercussions of the euro crisis may have convinced Europe’s elites that closer integration in the eurozone is the only way forward, but the bailouts in Greece and periphery countries have only deepened the German public’s skepticism.That, critics say, is because Germany’s political leadership has dodged the debate. BERLIN — Europe is in GroKo fever.European politicians, intellectuals, think tankers and business leaders have all hailed the hoped-for rebirth of Germany’s “grand coalition” as a game-changer for the EU in recent days.“La GroKo allemande,” a headline in France’s Libération declared, is “the chance for Macron’s Europe.”center_img During last fall’s general election campaign, the subject of Europe’s future was hardly mentioned. Even the SPD’s Schulz, who spent most of his career in Brussels, paid only lip service to the issue.Far from being a sign of common purpose, the GroKo partners’ platitudes about Europe may hint at something else: division | Clemens Bilan/EPAWhen asked why Europe was not more of a factor in the campaign, a senior adviser to Merkel told POLITICO, “This isn’t a European Parliament election.” The underlying message was clear: Europe doesn’t win votes.A reminder of that reality came during the SPD’s special convention in Bonn last month. Schulz, in an effort win over delegates to support a new grand coalition, told his audience that “Europe was waiting for Germany.”“If we don’t put Europe on a new course now, Europe is going to lose support,” he said, adding that it was imperative for Germany to lock arms now with France to take the EU forward.The speech was a dud. When Schulz told delegates that French President Emmanuel Macron had called him the day before to express his support for the GroKo, many in the audience snickered.The reason for such skepticism, even among pro-European Social Democrats, might be that it’s too little, too late. If Germany’s political leaders were serious about European reform, they would have had to engage in a broad public debate during the campaign about the options on the table, political analysts say. The German duo even devoted the first chapter of their preliminary agreement to the EU, under the headine: “A new beginning for Europe.”In Brussels, the document was greeted with excitement. After months of nervous waiting, it finally looked like Berlin was on track to pick up the baton of European reform.Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker sounded positively Trumpian after reading the German blueprint. “This is a very significant, positive, constructive, future-oriented, results-oriented contribution to Europe’s policy debate,” he said.German observers were more circumspect.“I don’t think the paper reflects the sentiment amongst the German population,” said Guntram Wolff, director of Bruegel, a Brussels-based think tank. He cautioned that the paper was “so vague that one can read whatever one wants into it.”On close inspection, the GroKo’s big plans for Europe look to be little more than warmed-over boilerplate cut and pasted from ceremonial addresses past — long on earnest pathos but short on specifics. “For Germany, a strong united Europe is the best guarantor for a bright future in peace, freedom and prosperity,” reads a typical passage.Far from being a sign of common purpose, the GroKo partners’ platitudes about Europe may hint at something else: division.Merkel might be convinced that Europe requires a major overhaul, but backbenchers in her conservative bloc, especially the Bavarian Christian Social Union, are more skeptical. They are particularly wary of any steps that could bolster the far-right Alternative for Germany, a party that was born out of frustration over the German government’s willingness to bail out Greece.That might explain why Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats have largely avoided the subject of Europe as they enter the final phase of their coalition talks. Issues such as migration, workers’ rights and health care have dominated the discussions.The underlying message was clear: Europe doesn’t win votes.Party leaders on both sides seem to have little appetite to open a debate on a eurozone budget, finance minister or any of the other reform proposals that have been floating around the EU in recent months.last_img read more