German lawmaker demands strategic review amid chaos over Bitcoin sell-off

The German government recently stepped up bitcoin sales, transferring approximately $75 million to exchanges like Coinbase, Kraken and Bitstamp.


This was part of a larger strategy, with $315 million worth of bitcoins sold since mid-June, bringing the total sales in less than a month to over $390 million. Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office continues to sell bitcoins, suggesting a possible plan to liquidate parts of its reserves. Despite market concerns, the transferred amounts represent a small fraction of Germany’s holdings, leaving 40,359 bitcoins in reserve.

In a surprising turnaround, however, the German government recently rolled back 1,915 bitcoins worth $111.5 million. This follows weeks of large-scale bitcoin sales that caused market volatility. The turnaround has raised more questions and skepticism.

This strategy mirrors the recent sales of seized bitcoins by the U.S. government, which has raised concerns about the impact on the market, especially as Mt. Gox creditors approach repayments.

Joana Cotar, an independent member of parliament, expressed her frustration and concern about the lack of a coherent strategy. She told Forbes: “I can only speculate on why the government is selling now. Given that we have huge budget deficits in Germany at the moment, that could be one of the reasons. The upcoming elections could also play a role,” Cotar noted. She highlighted the government’s apparent ignorance of the potential effects of its actions, adding: “I’m not at all sure that the government was or is aware of the consequences of its sales. It also doesn’t seem that such sales are not necessarily done through exchanges, but rather OTC.”

Cotar urged a strategic approach and highlighted missed opportunities. She said: “I fear that the government has no strategy at all on how to deal with bitcoin. That is why I called for such a strategy in my letter to the government. We need to diversify our treasury and finally see and hold bitcoin as a strategic reserve currency.”

As Germany sells its bitcoin, Wall Street seizes the opportunity to buy the dip. “It’s really frustrating to see politicians who don’t know what they’re doing squander a great opportunity,” Cotar reflected.

The German government’s ongoing bitcoin sales are being closely watched, with analysts predicting near-term volatility in the market. The strategic implications of these actions, both for Germany’s financial future and the broader crypto market, remain a hot topic of debate.

As the situation develops, the bitcoin market will observe how these large-scale government sales affect the market and whether other countries adopt similar strategies. The bitcoin sales in Germany highlight the need for a well-defined strategy for managing digital assets that balances immediate financial needs with long-term opportunities.

Several other countries hold significant amounts of bitcoin. As of 2024, the United States will be at the top, followed by China, and then the United Kingdom.

There are indications that countries such as the United States are receiving advice on how to strategically integrate bitcoin into national security and economic policies.

As the world watches Germany shift its bitcoin strategy, the actions other countries take will continue to shape the future of bitcoin adoption as a strategic reserve asset. The need for a coherent and progressive approach has never been clearer – we are seeing game theory in action.

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