Europe

A 19th-century solution to heat homes is helping the world cut emissions

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The world spends about 15% of its energy on heat. Most of that comes from burning fossil fuels in homes and businesses. Cutting emissions from space heating remains one of the biggest challenges if we are to reach zero emissions and avoid catastrophic climate change. A humble solution to the problem is the heat pump, Read More

Europe keeps setting clean-energy records

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This week, two of the biggest economies in Europe set new records for clean energy. The UK’s electrical grid has not burned any coal for about 1,000 hours so far this year. Though it’s just a symbolic achievement, the pace at which the UK is reaching such figures shows the pace of the energy transition. Read More

Could Europe Become the World’s Leading Blockchain Hub?

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When people think about blockchain technology or international tech hubs, Silicon Valley in the US and tech power players across Asia like Singapore often come to mind first, with the integral part European nations play on the global playing field often understated. A recent study by Ipsos showed that Europeans were more optimistic about the Read More

UK Watchdog Welcomes First Crypto Startups to Regulatory Sandbox

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For the first time, the U.K.’s financial regulator is directly recognizing the potential of blockchain-related startups. For the latest and fourth cohort of startups for its regulatory “sandbox,” the country’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has given access to 11 blockchain and distributed ledger technology-related companies – almost 40 percent of the 29 accepted. The regulator Read More

Europe’s Top Speed Trading Firm Flow Traders Joins the Crypto-Economy

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News This week one of Europe’s largest speed trading platforms and exchange-traded fund (ETFs) dealers, Flow Traders NV, announced the firm is entering the cryptocurrency space by offering bitcoin and ethereum exchange-traded notes (ETNs) to its clientele. Also read: Switzerland Considers Granting Crypto Businesses Access to Banking Services Speed Trading Platform Flow Traders Enters the Cryptocurrency Read More

The EU’s Biggest ETF Firm Expands Into Crypto Products

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Europe’s largest trader of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) is now entering the crypto world. Amsterdam-based speed trader Flow Traders NV co-CEO Dennis Dijkstra told Bloomberg Thursday that his firm was expanding its trading products to exchange-traded notes (ETNs) based on bitcoin and ether. XBT Provider, a Stockholm-based firm that offers ETFs based on bitcoin and ether, Read More

Why can’t Europe create tech giants like the US and China?

2 weeks ago admin2 Comments Off on Why can’t Europe create tech giants like the US and China?
You know what’s cooler than a $1 billion company? A $500 billion company, many in Europe think. While the region is giving rise to more of the world’s most promising technology companies, the giants of the industry mostly come from the US and China. For now, there’s no fast-growing equivalent of Ant Financial or Uber Read More

Crypto Valley Declares Blockchain Voting Trial a ‘Success’

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Zug, a city in Switzerland known as the “Crypto Valley,” has successfully completed its first test of a local blockchain-based voting system. As CoinDesk reported on June 11, the Swiss city launched an e-voting pilot platform built on blockchain technology as part of the city’s efforts to embrace the technology. The voting process took place Read More

From Russia to Macedonia: How Cryptocurrencies Are Regulated in Eastern Europe

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On June 30, Russia saw a launch of a first crypto investment bank aimed to hold initial coins offerings (ICO), while the government is is expected to pass its major crypto and blockchain-related regulatory bill this week.   Meanwhile, there’s been more news coming from Eastern Europe: last week, Poland’s cryptocurrency group the Polish Bitcoin Read More

EU Report Says Cryptocurrencies ‘Unlikely’ to Challenge Central Banks

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Cryptocurrencies will not challenge the economic power of central banks, the European Parliament said last week. In the latest Monetary Dialogue report issued on June 26, the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs said that while cryptocurrencies have made financial transactions “relatively safe, transparent, and fast,” they pose no threat to sovereign currencies Read More