Blockchain 

German Regulator Flags Crypto Broker for Operating Without License

German regulator federal financial supervisory authority (BaFin) issued a warning against Bulgarian cryptocurrency broker 5 Capital on Nov. 11. The regulator has barred 5 Capital from operating in the country since the firm illegally offered Contracts for Difference (CFDs) designed to expose clients to the price movements of cryptocurrencies. Operating without license The regulator found that the company provided the service without the necessary license. Per the announcement, the broker is based out of Sofia, Bulgaria and solicits its users to use a website operated by its parent company, 21TEX.…

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Blockchain 

Association of Prive German Banks Argues for Digital Euro

German banks have presented a position paper in which they make several arguments for the digital euro. On Oct. 30, in a paper released by the Association of German Banks (Bankenverband), which represents more than 200 private commercial banks and eleven member associations, banks stated that the “economy needs a programmable digital euro.” Monetary policy is the state’s responsibility, says Bankenverband The paper states that the responsibility for the monetary system lies with sovereign nation-states and that any currency provided by banks or private companies must fit into a state-determined…

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Bitcoin 

Cryptocurrencies Like Bitcoin are Not Real Money: German Parliament

Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC) are not real money, according to a statement published by the German federal parliament on Oct. 28. Not a payment vehicle, not a store of value Per the announcement, the assets offered by the current cryptocurrency landscape — such as Bitcoin — provide only a very limited portion of the features expected of traditional money. The statement – titled “Crypto tokens are not real money” – is based on an answer provided by the German federal government to a question from the Free Democratic Party…

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Bitcoin 

German Programmer ‘Hacks Back’ After Bitcoin Ransomware Attack

German programmer Tobias Frömel (aka “battleck”) has “hacked back” the perpetrators of the Muhstik ransomware who forced him to pay 0.09 Bitcoin (BTC) to recover access to his files. In a Bleeping Computer forum post on Oct. 7, Frömel revealed that he had hacked the attackers’ database, sharing almost 3,000 decryption keys and a free decryptor with fellow victims. An illegal but sweet revenge Bleeping Computer previously reported that publicly exposed QNAP NAS devices have been targeted by ransomware dubbed Muhstik. The attackers extorted a fixed “fee” of 0.09 Bitcoin…

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Bitcoin 

State-Backed German Bank Says Bitcoin Will Leap to $90,000 in 2020

The German bank BayernLB has published a report on Bitcoin (BTC) vs gold in which it predicts a big leap for BTC in 2020. Bitcoin outshining gold? On Oct. 1 the Munich-based bank BayernLB published its latest research report that seems to suggest that the forthcoming Bitcoin halving effect hasn’t yet been priced into its current price of around $8,300. The German bank explains that gold has had to earn its high stock-to-flow ratio “the hard way  over the course of millennia.” Bitcoin, on the other hand, will most likely…

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Bitcoin 

German Firm Unveils Mobile Eco-Friendly Bitcoin Mining Containers

Bitcoin (BTC) mining infrastructure firm Northern Bitcoin AG has announced the completion of tests for its new air-cooled mining container, which houses 144 ASIC miners. A press release published on Sept. 9 outlined that the highly mobile container solution has been designed as a piece of flexible and efficient infrastructure that will enable the firm to establish mining pools in countries with year-round cool locations.  Setting up shop anywhere energy is cheap, sustainable  Headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, Northern AG develops and operates Bitcoin-focused mining hardware that uses renewable energy…

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Bitcoin 

German Politicians Want to Fight Climate Change With Blockchain Tech

The Free Democratic Party (FDP) in Germany proposes to issue a new cryptocurrency called Arbil to anyone who removes CO2 or other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Get paid to withdraw CO2 from the atmosphere In a report by local news daily Welt on Sept. 2, the FDP recognizes that it is no longer enough to focus only on putting less CO2 into the atmosphere. It states that, if the world wants to slow down global warming, it will also need to bring back greenhouse gases that have already been…

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Blockchain 

German Cabinet and Bundesbank Are in Close Communication on CBDC Issues

The Cabinet of Germany and Germany’s central bank Deutsche Bundesbank are working together closely on issues related to central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). Awareness of global CBDC situation On Aug. 29, Germany’s federal parliament (Bundestag) published official feedback to a request from parliamentary group the Free Democratic Party, which asked the Cabinet to respond to six questions related to CBDCs in July 2019. In the document, dated Aug. 16, the Cabinet answered all questions by the group, citing major reports and surveys in the space, including a January report by…

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Blockchain 

German Company Secures €750 Million ‘Eco-Friendly’ Loan Via Blockchain

German-based Dürr, one of the world’s leading mechanical and plant engineering firms, has secured a sustainability loan of 750 million euros, the interest on which is linked to its eco-friendly performance.  The credit agreement, reported on Aug. 8 by Finance Magazine (German), was self-initiated by Dürr, utilizing a blockchain-based syndicated loan platform. The consortium process was also digitized and backed by blockchain. The ins and outs of sustainable finance Sustainable or green finance is on the rise and in the current economic climate, has benefits for both investors and lenders.…

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Ethereum 

German Regulator Greenlights $280 Million Ethereum Real Estate Bond

The German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) approved an Ethereum-based real estate bond of security issuance firm Fundament Group. The company announced the news in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on July 23.  Regulated real estate bonds on the Ethereum blockchain The given bond backed by a portfolio of properties in major German cities with an issued volume of 250 million euros ($280 million). The firm’s solution reportedly leverages standardized and regulated financial instruments to build a real estate-backed asset that can be traded worldwide independently of banks. Providing…

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