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Ring In New Year With The Latest In Culinary Luxury: Swiss Caviar

For the first time, the high-end fish eggs are being bred in Switzerland, where the well-to-do have long enjoyed imported caviar. But it was an odd twist that allowed for the sturgeon to flourish: lukewarm water coming out of a draining gallery in railway

The Tropical House in Switzerland will produce 300kg of caviar by February 2012 (swissinfo.ch)
The Tropical House in Switzerland will produce 300kg of caviar by February 2012 (swissinfo.ch)
Silviane Blum

FRUTIGEN – Despite the crisis, some lucky few might be celebrating New Year's with a little caviar to go along with their Champagne. And for the first time, an even smaller subset of those lucky few will be able to taste caviar harvested in Switzerland. Some 300 kilograms has been produced in the heart of the Swiss Alps, and should be available in select stores until February.

The World Sturgeon Conservation Society (WSCS) has been encouraging the development of sturgeon farms to prevent the species from going extinct. The Swiss "Tropical House" took on the task in 2005, bringing in Siberian sturgeon. There are 35,000 today, and this winter the first females are producing eggs. The company is hoping to be profitable in three to five years, with an annual output of about three tons of caviar and 18 tons of sturgeon filets thanks to a 60,000 fish contingent.

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NATO Entry For Sweden And Finland? Erdogan May Not Be Bluffing

When the two Nordic countries confirmed their intention to join NATO this week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeated his plans to block the application. Accusing Sweden and Finland of' "harboring" some of his worst enemies may not allow room for him to climb down.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared opposition to Finland and Sweden entering NATO

Meike Eijsberg

-Analysis-

LONDON — When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared his opposition to Finland and Sweden entering NATO, it took most of the West's top diplomatic experts by surprise — with the focus squarely on how Russia would react to having two new NATO members in the neighborhood. (So far, that's been a surprise too)

But now Western oversight on Turkey's stance has morphed into a belief in some quarters that Erdogan is just bluffing, trying to get concessions from the negotiations over such a key geopolitical issue.

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To be clear, any prospective NATO member requires the consent of all 30 member states and their parliaments. So Erdogan does indeed have a card to play, which is amplified by the sense of urgency: NATO, Sweden and Finland are keen to complete the accession process with the war in Ukraine raging and the prospect of strengthening the military alliance's position around the Baltic Sea.

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