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Bitfinex Analyst Says EU Elections Could Be Make-or-Break Moment for Crypto Here’s Why 

As the European Union (EU) prepares for parliamentary elections next week, the cryptocurrency sector braces for potential regulatory shifts that could significantly impact its future trajectory. According to Bitfinex’s Head of Derivatives, Jag Kooner, the outcome of these elections could either lead to stricter controls or accelerate supportive regulations, depending on the political landscape.

Election Impact on Crypto Regulations

European bitcoin exchange-traded products (ETPs) have faced notable outflows totaling $506 million this year, despite the approval of spot bitcoin ETFs in the United States. This inconsistency points out the uncertainty surrounding crypto regulation in the EU.

Meanwhile, Bitfinex Head of Derivative Jag Kooner highlights the pivotal role of the upcoming EU elections in shaping regulatory frameworks, particularly regarding the implementation of the Markets in Crypto Assets (MiCA) framework. 

He suggests that a right-wing shift in the political landscape could lead to tighter crypto controls, while a pro-crypto outcome might expedite the adoption of supportive measures like MiCA.

“The upcoming elections are crucial for the implementation of the MiCA regulation,” Kooner asserts. 

MiCA aims to establish a unified regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies across the EU, providing legal clarity and potentially attracting more investment. However, the pace and enthusiasm with which these regulations are implemented hinge on the election results.

Election Timing and Complexity

The elections, scheduled from June 6 to June 9, the 2024 European Parliament election marks a significant juncture, coinciding with multiple other political events, such as Brexit and various national elections across EU member states. 

This convergence of events adds complexity to an already pivotal moment in EU politics and regulation.

European vs. U.S.-based Crypto Funds

One notable indicator of investor sentiment within the EU crypto market is the flow of bitcoin exchange-traded products. While European Bitcoin ETPs have witnessed consistent outflows since the beginning. On the other hand, European Bitcoin ETPs manage assets worth approximately $6.4 billion, and U.S. funds boast significantly higher figures, totaling $53.5 billion in April. 

As the EU elections draw near, the crypto community remains on edge, awaiting the outcome that could shape the future of cryptocurrency regulations in Europe.

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