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Bitcoin Price Rises as Catalonia Asserts Independence

Category: Bitcoin, Commentary, News

Bitcoin Price Rises as Catalonia Asserts Independence

After the clash between Spanish officials and Catalan over the weekend, the resultant rise in the price of bitcoin has left many debating whether the cryptocurrency could be used as a tool for financial liberation. The cryptocurrency gained in light of the events in Spain, serving as a safe haven for investors exposed to euro-denominated instruments and the European stock…

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EU Launches TITANIUM Consortium to Prevent Criminal Use of Cryptocurrencies

Category: Bitcoin, News, Regulation

EU Launches TITANIUM Consortium to Prevent Criminal Use of Cryptocurrencies

The European Union (EU) has announced the creation of an international consortium that seeks to diminish the use of cryptocurrencies and the dark web by criminals. As evidenced in the recent WannaCry attack, criminals use the pseudo-anonymity provided by bitcoin to their advantage. This project aims to find ways to stop the use of cryptocurrencies as a means to evade…

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Vinay Gupta Introduces Etheruem’s Smart Contract Model to European Parliament

Category: Ethereum, News, Tech

Vinay Gupta Introduces Etheruem’s Smart Contract Model to European Parliament

Vinay Gupta, the release coordinator for Ethereum, recently gave a presentation to the European Parliament, one of the two legislative bodies of the European Union, to demonstrate the potential of Ethereum’s smart contract protocol in various industries and applications. Currently, governments across the world are looking to adopt blockchain technology to automate systems and securely process financial transactions. Most notably,…

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Why the EU is Investing $540,000 in Blockchain Development and Pilot Test

Category: Blockchain, News, Regulation

Why the EU is Investing $540,000 in Blockchain Development and Pilot Test

The European Union (EU) has decided to invest $540,000 in the formation of the EU Blockchain Observatory to formulate efficient regulations and policies for companies and startups leading blockchain development. In an official statement released on April 18, the EU stated that the budget would be used to fund the EU Blockchain Observatory for two years. During that period, EU…

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Could Brexit Force Further Fintech and Cryptocurrency Innovation in the UK?

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, Business, News, Regulation

Could Brexit Force Further Fintech and Cryptocurrency Innovation in the UK?

The United Kingdom has relied on its financial services industry to drive economic growth for decades. However, in light of the British population’s vote to leave the European Union and, thereby, potentially lose the access to the European Single Market, the UK’s status as Europe’s leading financial hub may wane. Is this for better or for worse regarding the crypto…

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EU Publishes New Draft Law for Digital Currencies to Combat Financial Crime and Terrorist Financing

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, News, Regulation

EU Publishes New Draft Law for Digital Currencies to Combat Financial Crime and Terrorist Financing

On March 9, EU lawmakers published new draft legislation that covers the use of cryptocurrencies within the borders of the European Union. The proposal suggests changes and additions to the “Directive (EU) 2015/849 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing” that include regulating and overseeing electronic money transfer…

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“Rather than Resist, European Regulators should Innovate.”

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, News, Regulation

“Rather than Resist, European Regulators should Innovate.”

The EU seems to open its mind to cryptocurrencies and the blockchain; Malta’s Prime Minister advises to double down on cryptocurrencies, while a report by the Parliament focuses on how blockchain could improve several key areas of economy and state. By now the EU usually has become the subject of cryptocurrency news for its planned regulation which mostly considers Bitcoin…

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BITCRIME: “We Aspire Innovation-friendly Regulation”

Category: Bitcoin, Interviews, News, Regulation

BITCRIME: “We Aspire Innovation-friendly Regulation”

The German-Austrian research project BITCRIME recommends governments to regulate Bitcoin based on transaction blacklists. The coordinator of the German subproject, legal scholar Dr. Paulina Pesch, explains why. (translated from German) Dear Ms. Pesch, in the recently published policy recommendation you write that it is not clear to which extent bitcoin are used for criminal purposes. Shouldn’t we expect you to…

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European Regulation Takes a Major Step Toward Identifying Bitcoin Users

Category: Bitcoin, News, Tech

European Regulation Takes a Major Step Toward Identifying Bitcoin Users

The Council of the EU confirms the plans of the Commission to regulate both exchanges and wallet providers; this is a major step to an EU-wide regulation of the Bitcoin industry due June 2017. There has been no sign ever that any terrorist in the whole world has ever used cryptocurrencies. But this does not stop European politicians to propose…

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Will a National Cryptocurrency be Scotland’s Solution to a Life After the Pound?

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, Commentary, News

Will a National Cryptocurrency be Scotland’s Solution to a Life After the Pound?

Since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in the June 2016 referendum, Scotland’s political leaders have been calling for a second independence referendum to gain separate from the UK. While in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, the Scottish people voted to remain part of Great Britain the situation has now changed. Many Scots at the time voted…

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