The ECB would (not really) like to know your opinion on the digital euro – let them know

18 November 2020 | The European Central Bank (ECB) is currently asking citizens and (especially) the financial and tech industries how they would like to see the digital euro that the ECB is working on. In bad EU tradition, it is not asking whether we would like it at all. But the survey offers fields where you can tell them anyway.

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All the good things a digital euro could do – and all the bad things it will

10. 11. 2020 | Few other documents have been sent to me as often as the recent deliberations of the European Central Bank (ECB) on a digital euro. There is obviously a great deal of suspicion with regard to plans of a digital euro. The following analysis will try to answer the question if this suspicion is justified.

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EU Advocate General sees obligation to accept cash for public entitities but also wide-rangig exceptions

October 2, 2020 | The EU Advocate General, who prepares decisions of the European Court of Justice, has established a fundamental obligation of public authorities to accept euro cash. At the same time, he has adopted the exceedingly creative anti-cash position of the EU Commission with regard to possible exceptions.

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Ursula von der Leyen wants to push a unified digital identity on all EU-citizens

27 September 2020 | The President of the EU-Commission plans to give all EU citizens a European digital identity which can “be used anywhere in Europe to do anything from paying taxes to renting a bike”. She wants to implement for Europe what ID2020, the World Economic Forum, the World Bank and Homeland Security are pushing worldwide – to perfect the automated surveillance of the world’s population.

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