France’s economy and finance minister has put the first real spoke in the wheels of Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency project, promising to block its use in the European Union.
European banks must speed up their investments in blockchain technology in order to recapture their own capital markets from American financial institutions, global consulting firm Bain & Company warned in a report released on September 3. A day later, International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde told the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee that with bank profits low and FinTech firms gobbling up investments, EU central banks must welcome new technologies—including digital currencies—in order to remain competitive.
The governor of the Bank of England just touted digital currencies as a possible replacement for the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency. Such a digital asset, whether backed by central banks or even Facebook’s Libra stablecoin, would “dampen the domineering influence of the US dollar on global trade,” Mark Carney said in a speech on August 23 to the 2019 Economic Policy Symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
A new report by the European Parliamentary Research Service takes issue with the idea that blockchains are incompatible with the EU’s new data privacy laws.