• 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.

  • French test digital euro
    Cryptocurrencies,  Politics

    France successfully tests digital euro

    Further experiments are set to take place in the coming weeks, Banque de France said, as the global race to launch a central bank digital currency heats up

    In Banque de France’s experiment on May 14, a blockchain developed by its team was used to settle an issue of digital securities by Société Générale. Covered bonds worth $44 million were issued as security tokens directly registered on a public blockchain.

  • The Bank of England (George Rex via Flickr, CC-BY-SA).
    Politics

    6 central banks team up to explore digital currencies

    England’s apex bank is joining forces with the Bank of Canada, the Bank of Japan, the European Central Bank, and others to study use cases for central bank digital currencies

    The Bank of England’s statement said the group will explore “CBDC use cases; economic, functional and technical design choices, including cross-border interoperability; and the sharing of knowledge on emerging technologies.”

  • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to Congress, "We don't need no stinkin' digital currency" (via C-SPAN).
    Cryptocurrencies,  Politics,  Regulation

    Treasury’s Mnuchin: no U.S.-issued digital currency before 2025

    The Federal Reserve may not be issuing a digital dollar anytime soon, but Europe is looking hard at creating an e-euro, and China’s digital yuan is coming

    While China and the European Union rush forward on creating a digital currency, the U.S. doesn’t see the need for one in at least the next five years, said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.