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At the recent Malta Blockchain Summit I had the pleasure of meeting Totte Löfström (@TotteLofstrom). Totte is the CEO of the new Swedish cryptocurrency exchange Trijo. We agreed that I would interview him about his experiences. Thank you Totte! – Please tell us about your organisation, it’s founding and goals. Trijo is basically a three-legged… » read more

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Malta Blockchain Summit 2018

This week saw Malta play host to a second cryptocurrency related event. The first, Delta Summit, was only a few weeks ago and the Maltese legislation is only a few months old. For me, the contrast between the two events was quite striking and I cannot quite explain what or why this has happened. What… » read more

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Delta Summit 2018 Malta

Malta, in it’s recently self-appointed role as the “blockchain island” hosted the first Delta Summit to discuss blockchain technology. I was amazed. The last time I went to a crypto related event there were maybe fifty people there. At the Delta Summit there were many hundreds. The buzz around blockchain is clearly much stronger than… » read more

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In recent months there seems to be a growing amount of commentary in the press that the party might be over and a global recession is coming. Whether or not that commentary is correct, the combination of a Trumpian trade war and high debt levels ought to be enough to cause a major economic downturn… » read more

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Nigel Farage Routed On Facebook

The tide might well be turning. After the disaster in Salzburg which was followed by that speech, Nigel Farage has puffed out his chest and taken to facebook to poll the populace on their current Brexit mood. The screenshot above suggests that things are no longer going so well for him… And look at that… » read more

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Brexiters Routed In Salzburg

It had to happen. Sooner or later someone was going to truly stand up to the Brexiters. Theresa May made the first attempt at this recently, but it was nowhere near enough. Since Prime Minister May has been unable to do it, the task has fallen to the leaders of the EU and it’s Member… » read more

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One Out Of Three Brexit Options

Even by the current standards of politics, the UK is currently in a very odd place. Brexit negotiations seem to be happening by a painful process of elimination. Earlier in the year the government had to accept amendments that make it almost impossible to deliberately remove it from the Single Market and Customs Union. A… » read more

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The current Brexit conversation seems to be revolving around whether or not the UK government’s coming 70 technical papers to prepare the country for a possible hard Brexit are alarmist, propaganda or a continuation of Project Fear. The one topic that is dominating this debate is whether or not there should be stockpiling of food… » read more

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The Crime Of The Century

For more than one year your author has been avidly following the regular news and gossip updates from the United States regarding the Mueller investigation. It is one of the reasons why this blog has been so quiet – the news I am most interested in appears to have little EU relevance. Then this weekend… » read more

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In recent days I have had a couple of enlightening conversations about Brexit and thought I would share some observations. Firstly, it is self-evident that the Brexit process to date has caused political chaos in the UK. That, however, does not seem to be troubling “leave” voters. As best I can tell, the connection between… » read more

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Big Trouble In Little Malta

The car bomb murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta is likely to set off a powerful chain of destructive events over the coming few years. In case you have not seen the news (explained well here), it is difficult to underestimate the impact that she had. Personally, I admired her greatly. She had the… » read more

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Now seems like an appropriate time to update previous posts and recommendations relating to Bitcoin. Why is now an appropriate time? Because I am making changes to my own holding. My original recommendation suggested buying BTC in December 2015. At that time the price was 401.93 (Bid) and 402.87 (Ask) euros on Kraken. Now that… » read more

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You have never seen election campaigning like this before! In recent days the world’s media has penned numerous uncomplimentary words about the EU’s smallest country. These words were prompted by the current Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, calling a general election roughly one year early. The reason for this snap election is that the ongoing Panama… » read more

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Let’s be honest, democracy isn’t having the best time of it right now. I’m not one of those people that believes that it is fundamentally broken, but I do believe that it could be substantially improved upon. Could now be the time? The enormous rallies around the world this weekend suggest that there are a… » read more

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Buy Ethereum In 2017

After more than eighteen months reading (almost) constantly about crypto currencies, I think that the entire space can be reduced to the four best opportunities for investors. There are currently more than 600 crypto currencies, so I have not investigated them all, but from everything I have seen, there are a few to be interested… » read more

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