Category: Europe

EU Members Adopt Tougher Crypto Rules Than AML Directive Requires

EU Members Adopt Tougher Crypto Rules Than AML Directive RequiresEurope is gradually tightening the rules for the crypto space. A wave of new regulations are introducing stricter requirements for companies operating in the industry and cryptocurrency users are going to feel the difference in the coming months. The measures stem from the obligation of member states to transpose EU’s Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD5) […]

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PR: Liechtenstein Financial Market Authority Approves Tokenized Real Estate Investment Product

PR: Liechtenstein Financial Market Authority Approves Tokenized Real Estate Investment ProductCROWDLITOKEN AG pioneers and starts distribution of a digital bond – European retail investors benefit as well

For the first time in Europe, the Liechtenstein Financial Market Authority (FMA) has approved the offering prospectus for a tokenised real estate investment product. CROWDLITOKEN AG is thus a pioneer for new financial innovations. The Security Token Offering (STO) is now running in European countries. By using blockchain technology, qualified and retail investors are enabled to invest in first-class real estate in Europe. Also the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has confirmed that no special regulatory approval is needed to market this new class of digital assets in Switzerland.

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Georgia Exempts Bitcoin From VAT to Become the Next Country to Affirm Its Currency Status

Georgia Exempts Bitcoin From VAT to Become the Next Country Affirming Its Currency StatusCryptocurrency taxation is a subject that concerns a growing number of users, traders and investors. An area that creates a lot of confusion among taxpayers is the application of VAT, or the value-added tax most countries levy on the sales of goods and services. Georgia has become the latest nation to free crypto-fiat transactions from […]

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Three Bank Failures Open New Chapter in Never-Ending Financial Crisis

Three Bank Failures Open New Chapter in Never-Ending Financial CrisisThe collapse of three banks on three different continents indicates a new global crisis is brewing. But it may also show that the last one never really ended and the tools used to manage the global economy simply don’t work. Also read: Side Effects of Economic Growth: Is Snowden Right to Say Bitcoiners Shouldn’t Be […]

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Bitmain’s Nishant Sharma Talks China and Crypto in the Humans of Bitcoin Podcast

Bitmain's Nishant Sharma Talks China and Crypto in the Humans of Bitcoin PodcastThis week on the Humans of Bitcoin podcast host Matt Aaron chatted with Bitmain’s Nishant Sharma who shared his story and discussed the western hemisphere’s false impressions of China and Bitcoin. During the interview, Sharma conversed about his work with Bitmain, one of the largest cryptocurrency companies in the world, and addressed some of the […]

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Crypto Spring Brings Strong Profits to Next-Generation and Older Mining Rigs

Crypto Spring Brings Promising Profits for Next-Generation and Older Mining RigsOver the last few weeks, cryptocurrency markets have been on a tear accumulating considerable gains following the notorious ‘crypto winter.’ Since the recent price hike this spring, mining digital assets with next-generation miners has allowed participants to secure significant gains and even older mining devices are turning a profit. Also read: Bitcoin Cash Protocol Successfully […]

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Regulators Tackle Businesses in Europe’s Crypto-Friendly Nations

Regulators Tackle Businesses in Europe’s Crypto-Friendly NationsThere’s a group of countries on the Old Continent that have recognized the potential of the newly forming cryptoconomy. In the past couple of years, nations such as Malta, Switzerland and Estonia have been making efforts to attract businesses from the nascent industry, often rebuffed elsewhere. However, registering and running a crypto company, even in […]

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How the EU and 5 European Nations Regulate Cryptocurrency

How the EU and 5 European Nations Regulate CryptocurrencyLeading up to the G20 summit in June, the Financial Stability Board has detailed how the European Union and its member countries are regulating crypto assets, who the regulators are in each country and the scope of their oversight. In most cases, crypto assets are overseen by several regulators. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Postpones […]

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Russian Banks Join Chinese Swift – Is the Dollar Era Under Threat?

Is the Dollar Era Under Threat?As a Saudi oil minister once remarked, the Stone Age didn’t end because we ran out of stones. It seems it’s neither the deficit of a tool nor its deficiencies that make it obsolete, but rather the invention of new tools that do the job better. With increasing competition, will the U.S. dollar continue to […]

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P2P Markets: Russian Localbitcoins Trade Outpaces Venezuela

P2P Markets: Russian Localbitcoins Trade Outpaces VenezuelaDuring the week of March 2, roughly 14,365 BTC changed hands via peer-to-peer (P2P) exchange Localbitcoins, equating to approximately $51.51 million worth of trade. Of that, 3,593 was BTC traded via the Russian markets, 83 percent more volume than was produced by Localbitcoins’ second-largest market, Venezuela. Also Read: Turkish Real Estate Agency Sells 9 Houses […]

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Russia’s Minister of Justice: Cryptocurrencies Don’t Need to Be Legally Defined Yet

Russia's Minister of Justice: Cryptocurrencies Don't Need to Be Legally Defined YetRussia’s stance on cryptocurrency remains unclear after the Minister of Justice this week announced that there is still no need to formalize crypto-related legislation. This is because digital assets cannot be used as a means of payment, it asserts, because the constitution forbids it.  Also Read: Over 50 Bitcoin ATMs Operate Legally in Russia, Study Finds  […]

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Singaporean and Eastern European P2P Markets Post Record BTC Volume

Singaporean and Eastern European P2P Markets Post Record VolumeSeveral markets have seen spikes in peer-to-peer (P2P) volume, with the Kazakh and Singaporean Localbitcoins markets posting their second strongest weeks on record. Polish P2P trade also increased this past week, with volume reaching a 14-month high. Also Read: Leaked Documents Suggest Mt. Gox Trustee’s Bitcoin Sales Impacted Market Prices Singaporean P2P Trade Sees Spike The […]

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The Daily: Zebpay Launches in 5 European Markets, Coinpulse Enters ‘Indefinite Maintenance’

The Daily: Zebpay Launches in 5 European Markets, Coinpulse Enters ‘Indefinite Maintenance’Saturday’s edition of The Daily covers developments of interest to crypto traders. Once one of the largest exchanges in India, Zebpay is now increasingly focusing on Europe. The platform has expanded its services to residents of five more countries in the region. Also, troubled crypto trading platform Coinpulse has announced “indefinite maintenance,” asking customers to […]

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European P2P Trade Posts Strongest Activity Since March 2018

In recent peer-to-peer (P2P) market action, Latin American Localbitcoins trade has continued to show strength after producing record volume last month. In other news, P2P trade between the euro (EUR) and BTC has posted its strongest volume in 10 months. Also Read: Wikipedia Now Accepts Bitcoin Cash Donations via Bitpay European and South American Localbitcoins Markets […]

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Eastern European P2P Markets See Strongest BTC Volume in Over 12 Months

Eastern European peer-to-peer (P2P) markets have seen a spike in trading activity, with the Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian, and Kazakh Localbitcoins markets posting the strongest volume in over 12 months when measured in cryptocurrency. Also Read: Bitcoin and Market-Related Headlines Dominated Crypto News Coverage in 2018 Russian P2P Markets Post Strongest Trade in 19 Months During the […]

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Banking Agency Advises European Commission to Assess Common Crypto Approach

Banking Agency Advises European Commission to Asses Common EU Crypto ApproachThe European Banking Authority (EBA), a regulatory agency of the European Union, has published its assessment into the application of EU law to crypto assets. The agency, which is headquartered in London, recommends that the European Commission tables a response to the risks regulators associate with the field such as money laundering. Also Read: FBI […]

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Bitcoin ATMs Continue to Spread Across the Globe

There are now over 4,000 bitcoin ATMs throughout the world, global statistics provided by Coinatmradar.com show. Nearly all of them support bitcoin (BTC) and a growing number are supporting bitcoin cash (BCH). Most of the machines, also known as BATMs, can be found in the U.S., though their presence is steadily growing, not only in developed European […]

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Over 900 Retailers Worldwide Now Accept Bitcoin Cash

About 945 Retailers Worldwide Now Accept Bitcoin CashThe number of online retailers accepting bitcoin cash (BCH) has swelled to more than 945 stores in the last few months. According to Marco Coino, which provides a directory of merchants that accept payments in BCH, more than 670 bricks and mortar retailers also now handle transactions in the cryptocurrency. In October, that figure stood […]

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Cryptocurrency and Taxes: How to Use 2018’s Losses to Your Advantage

Taxes have been a hot topic in the cryptocurrency world this year. Many countries have been trying to figure out how to tax crypto assets, while traders have been figuring out how to lever them to write off losses. As bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies enter the mainstream, tax reduction strategies are starting to emerge. Also […]

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Switzerland to Relax Laws to Accommodate Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Startups

The Swiss government has announced a new legislative approach to blockchain regulation in an official report. The document recognizes the technology as one of the most important recent developments for the financial sector in stimulating the country’s economy. Also read: How Bitcoin Companies can Legally Operate in Switzerland A Swiss Innovation Paradise According to the […]

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Digital Currency Platform Revolut Receives European Banking License

On Thursday, Dec. 13, digital payments platform Revolut announced that the company has been approved for a banking license in Europe by the region’s central bank. According to Revolut, the license will help it provide better access to digital currencies and also offer traditional banking services. Also read: Google Trends Reveals One of the Top Questions […]

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Zebpay Exchange Now Live in 21 European Countries

Zebpay Cryptocurrency Exchange Now Live in 21 European CountriesZebpay, formerly one of India’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, has launched in Europe. Euro deposits, withdrawals, and trading are now live in 21 countries. While the exchange is not accepting new registrations from India, existing users can continue to use its wallet app. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Moves Crypto Hearing, Community Calls for Positive Regulations Zebpay […]

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Wirex Introduces Iban for All European Crypto Card Accounts

Wirex Introduces Iban for All Euro AccountsCryptocurrency debit card provider Wirex has introduced Iban support for all EUR accounts in the past few weeks. Users in the European Economic Area (EEA) are now able to fund their accounts by bank transfer and receive euro payments. They can also have their salary deposited directly into their Wirex account.   Also read: Australian […]

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Report: Swiss City of Zug Named Fastest Growing Tech Hub in Europe

Report: Switzerland's City of Zug Fastest Growing Tech-Hub in EuropeThe city of Zug, home of the Swiss Crypto Valley, has been named the fastest growing technology community in Europe. Zug ranked atop the “State of European Tech” report by London-based global investment firm Atomico last week, on the strength of its year-on-year growth of attendees to tech-related meetup events. Also read: Malaysian Financial Regulators to […]

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