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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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17 Oct 2017

Exclusive: Italy's president defends central bank chief as his mandate expires

ROME Italy's president on Tuesday made a rare intervention to defend the country's central bank chief after the ruling Democratic Party (PD) criticised Ignazio Visco, whose mandate expires in less than two weeks.

16 Oct 2017

Italy moves to rein in Vivendi's influence over Telecom Italia

ROME/MILAN Italy told Telecom Italia on Monday that it wants to have a say in all its strategic decisions, in the strongest sign so far that Rome intends to rein in the growing influence of French group Vivendi over the former state monopoly.

16 Oct 2017

Italy presents low-key budget ahead of 2018 elections

ROME Italy's government approved on Monday a low-key 2018 budget which includes measures to raise youth employment, tackle poverty and encourage investments ahead of an election in the spring.

10 Oct 2017

Italy calls confidence vote on contested electoral law

ROME The Italian government called on Tuesday for confidence votes in the lower house of parliament to try to force through an electoral law that is likely to penalise the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement.

04 Oct 2017

Italian government gets economy bill through Senate despite friction

ROME The Italian parliament approved the government's latest economic forecasts on Wednesday, but the Senate vote exposed deep divisions on the political left that could complicate the drafting of the 2018 budget.

27 Sep 2017

Italian parliament launches bank enquiry, but time limited

ROME A parliamentary commission set up to investigate recent Italian banking scandals met for the first time on Wednesday, but it will have little opportunity to reach any meaningful conclusions before the legislature ends.

23 Sep 2017

Italy hikes growth forecasts, deficit target ahead of election

ROME Italy on Saturday raised its forecasts for economic growth this year and next and said it would cut the budget deficit by less than previously promised.

21 Sep 2017

EU wants May to make firm offers now for Brexit deal - Barnier

ROME British Prime Minister Theresa May should make the EU firm offers by next week to break deadlock in Brexit talks if she wants an orderly withdrawal and transition to a new relationship, the bloc's negotiator said on Thursday.

16 Jun 2017

Italy suspends Veneto Banca bond repayment as rescue bid stalls

ROME Italy on Friday approved an emergency decree that will stop Veneto Banca from having to repay 86 million euros of subordinated bonds due to mature next week.

08 Jun 2017

Pressure builds for early Italy vote after electoral reform deal unravels

ROME A deal between Italy's main political parties on electoral reform unraveled on Thursday, leading to calls for a snap election that could usher in more instability in the euro zone's third largest economy.

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