Josina Kamerling, head of regulatory outreach at CFA Institute for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region, reports on EU policy issues. The podcast covers the May European Parliament election results, including commentary on the related protest movement (in response to the recent financial, social, and economic crisis) and resulting rise of Euroscepticism. For more information on these topics, listen to parts one and two of this podcast series:
Southern eurozone states' efforts to reduce risk should add impetus to the banking-union project, says Vitor Constancio, vice president of the European Central Bank. Financial Times (subscription required) (16 May.)
The European Commission will begin amending a 1996 EU "blocking statute" to include US sanctions on Iran as it tries to preserve the Iran nuclear deal, commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said. Revisions to prohibit EU countries from severing business arrangements with Iran because of US sanctions would require approval by EU states. Politico (17 May.)
JPMorgan Chase is exploring use of cryptocurrencies in corporate and investment banking and has appointed Oliver Harris to head the strategy, sources say. Co-President Daniel Pinto says the bank sees cryptocurrencies as real, "but not in the current form." Financial News (UK) (tiered subscription model) (18 May.)
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