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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.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

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.

01 Jun 2017

Italy asks EU for more budget leeway as election edges closer

ROME Italy is asking EU authorities for a deep discount on its 2018 deficit-cutting commitments, an official letter showed on Thursday, as the chances of an early election rise.

26 May 2017

Italy rules out 'bail in' for investors in Veneto banks rescue

ROME/MILAN Italy's economy minister sought to reassure investors on Thursday that they will not be hit in a rescue of two ailing regional banks, Popolare di Vicenza and Veneto Banca, after fears of a full "bail-in" hit the lenders' debt.

24 May 2017

Italian minister says no case for early elections

ROME Industry Minister Carlo Calenda said on Wednesday that Italy had plenty of work to do before it could hold an election, making clear his opposition to an early vote in the autumn of this year.

22 May 2017

Italy offers multinationals voluntary "webtax" to avoid wrangles

ROME Italy sought to boost revenue from multinational internet companies on Monday by offering them the chance to agree on their future tax bills rather than risk disputes.

12 Apr 2017

Italy drops plan to protect firms from hostile takeovers -source

ROME The Italian government has dropped plans to introduce measures to protect local companies from hostile takeovers following feuding in the ruling center-left coalition, a political source said on Wednesday.

20 Mar 2017

Italy gives final approval to Intesa funding of Russian oil deal

ROME Italy has given its final blessing to a 5.2 billion euro loan made in January by bank Intesa SanPaolo to finance the privatisation of a stake in Russia's biggest oil company, after checking to ensure the deal did not breach sanctions.

17 Feb 2017

Italy court seeks $4.4 billion from Treasury execs, Morgan Stanley over derivatives

ROME Italian audit court prosecutors said on Friday they are seeking damages of 4.1 billion euros (£3.50 billion) from Treasury officials and U.S. bank Morgan Stanley over derivatives contracts.

14 Feb 2017

Italy in talks with EU over possible 5-billion euro state bailout for Veneto banks-sources

ROME Italy is in talks with European authorities over a possible 5-billion euro (4.24 billion pounds) state bailout of two Veneto-based regional lenders, two sources close to the matter said on Tuesday.

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