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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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20 Sep 2017

Czech ruling party says wage growth must be priority for next government

PRAGUE The next Czech government should spread the benefits of strong growth with workers and shift to a higher wage economy, Lubomir Zaoralek, who will lead the ruling Social Democrats into next month's election, said on Wednesday.

06 Sep 2017

Czech PM candidate Babis to face fraud charges after vote

PRAGUE Czech lawmakers voted on Wednesday to let police bring fraud charges against Andrej Babis, the leading candidate to become prime minister in next month's elections.

06 Sep 2017

Czech nuclear envoy says decisions on new units needed by Q1

PRAGUE The Czech government should decide early next year how to build and fund new nuclear reactors to replace coal-fired and nuclear units that will shut down over the next two decades, the country's special envoy for nuclear energy said.

03 Aug 2017

An about-face after nine years: Czechs lift interest rates

PRAGUE Czech policymakers delivered their first interest rate hike since 2008 on Thursday, stepping ahead of European Union peers to launch the bloc's first tightening cycle in more than five years.

25 Jul 2017

No more low cost - East Europe goes up in the world

BRATISLAVA Central and Eastern Europe faces the end of an economic era.

25 May 2017

Two-speed Europe is bad idea, we need to strive for unity: Czech minister

PRAGUE Splitting Europe into two groups of countries with different integration aims is a bad idea that would weaken the union, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said.

25 May 2017

Czechs need to close wage gap, should join euro: prime minister

PRAGUE The Czech Republic must narrow a wage gap with west European states and should strive to join the euro, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said, adding that the path to higher living standards would be the main issue in elections this year.

23 May 2017

Kiwi.com in talks to raise funds for next leg of travel

PRAGUE Czech online travel agency Kiwi.com is in talks with potential venture capital or strategic partners to help it reach top spot in the 1.3 trillion euro ($1.46 trillion) market.

23 May 2017

Czech central banker: wait with rate hikes now rather than reverse later

PRAGUE The Czech central bank is in no rush to tighten policy and should only move when it is sure it will not have to undo what will be its first rate hike in almost a decade, board member Vojtech Benda said on Monday.

22 May 2017

Czech central banker: housing overvalued, bank seeks new tools

PRAGUE The Czech housing market is overvalued and the central bank needs to start slowing a spiral of prices and demand for mortgages, board member Vojtech Benda said in an interview.

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