• Lagarde digital euro Libra
    Cryptocurrencies,  Politics

    ECB President: Digital euro won’t replace cash, might make room for Libra

    European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde may have left the door open for the Facebook-founded stablecoin, saying that a digital euro could compete with private digital currencies

    In the biggest hint yet that the ECB is open to the idea of welcoming a project like Libra—subject to regulatory compliance, of course—Lagarde said a digital euro “could provide an alternative to private digital currencies and ensure that sovereign money remains at the core of European payment systems.

  • Europe clamps down on Libra
    Politics,  Regulation

    EU leaders to Libra: Follow tough rules or face ban

    In new proposals, some of Europe’s biggest economies want Facebook’s stablecoin project to be based in the EU and not in Switzerland… or else

    Five of Europe’s biggest economies are urging the European Commission to enforce strict regulations for stablecoins—in the surest sign yet that Facebook’s embattled Libra project isn’t out of the woods despite drastic changes.

  • Ex-Reserve Bank of India governor Libra
    Bitcoin,  Libra,  Politics,  Regulation

    Ex-Reserve Bank of India governor: Bitcoin, Libra and central bank digital currencies can co-exist

    Raghuram Rajan, the former RBI governor, says competition between private and public initiatives is crucial to prevent one asset becoming too powerful

    A former governor of the Reserve Bank of India has said that he believes private digital currencies such as Facebook’s Libra should be allowed to compete with central bank digital currencies—and warned it would be “problematic” if any single asset establishes a monopoly.

  • FATF stablecoin report
    Regulation

    FATF calls for clampdown on ‘so-called stablecoins’ in new report

    The Financial Action Task Force warns stablecoins have a ‘propensity for mass adoption makes them more vulnerable to be used by criminals and terrorists’

    When a powerful international financial oversight body releases a report on “so-called stablecoins,” you just know it isn’t going to be comfortable reading.