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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

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24 Jul 2017

Just as German election heats up, Merkel takes holiday break

BERLIN (Reuters) – - With a comfortable lead in opinion polls, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has left the stage for a quiet three-week summer holiday shrouded in secrecy - even though just two months remain before the election.

03 Jul 2017

As anti-G20 protests begin, Merkel says growth must be inclusive

BERLIN As anti-globalisation activists took to the streets in Hamburg ahead of this week's G20 summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday leaders will have to focus on sustainable and inclusive economic growth rather than their own prosperity.

02 Jul 2017

German conservatives to promise full employment in party platform

BERLIN Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives will promise to all but eliminate unemployment in Germany by the year 2025 when they announce their 2017 election campaign platform on Monday.

02 Jul 2017

As anti-G20 protests begin, Merkel says growth must be inclusive

BERLIN, July 2 With an eye on anti-globalisation protests brewing in Hamburg before this week's G20 summit, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday leaders will have to focus on sustainable and inclusive economic growth rather than their own prosperity.

25 May 2017

In Berlin, Obama speaks out against hiding behind walls

BERLIN Former U.S. President Barack Obama told an audience in Berlin on Thursday that prosperous nations could not "hide behind a wall" to shield themselves from the turmoil and poverty afflicting other countries.

25 May 2017

In Berlin, Obama speaks out against hiding behind walls

BERLIN, May 25 Former U.S. President Barack Obama told an audience in Berlin on Thursday that prosperous nations could not "hide behind a wall" to shield themelves from the turmoil and poverty afflicting other countries.

14 May 2017

German army needs to remove WW2-era names - defence minister

BERLIN The names of German military barracks honouring a handful of World War Two officers should changed to show that the country's post-war armed forces have made a clean break from their Nazi past, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Sunday.

01 May 2017

German minister blames 'weak' army leadership after racism case

BERLIN German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has attacked "weak leadership" in the armed forces, provoking dismay among soldiers' representatives, after an officer was arrested on suspicion of planning a racist attack to frame refugees.

29 Apr 2017

A comeback for kingmaker: German FDP keeps options open for next govt

BERLIN The leader of Germany's Free Democrats (FDP) said on Saturday his party was confident of returning to parliament in September and eager to put its pro-business stamp on the next government - whether with Angela Merkel's conservatives or the Social Democrats.

29 Apr 2017

Merkel says she has 'good relationship' with Trump despite frosty start

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday that she and President Donald Trump have built a "good working relationship" even though the two had frosty exchanges last year that raised fears of damage to the pivotal U.S.-German partnership.

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