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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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Catalonia's leaders fight off direct rule from Madrid

MADRID/BARCELONA Catalonia's leaders said on Saturday they would not accept direct rule imposed on the region by the Spanish government, as a political crisis that has rattled the economy and raised fears of prolonged unrest showed no signs of easing. | Video

19 Oct 2017

Spain to suspend Catalonia's autonomy in response to independence threat

MADRID/BARCELONA Spain's central government said on Thursday it would suspend Catalonia's autonomy and impose direct rule after the region's leader threatened to go ahead with a formal declaration of independence if Madrid refused to hold talks. | Video

19 Oct 2017

Spanische Regierung bereitet Machtübernahme in Katalonien vor

Madrid Nach dem Verstreichen eines zweiten Ultimatums an die katalanischen Separatisten bereitet die Zentralregierung in Madrid die formelle Übernahme der Macht in der Region vor.

17 Oct 2017

Spain High Court jails two Catalan separatist leaders pending investigation

MADRID/BARCELONA Spain moved closer on Monday to imposing central rule over Catalonia to thwart its independence push as Madrid's High Court signalled a hardening line by jailing the leaders of two of the largest separatist organizations.

16 Oct 2017

Spanien setzt Katalonien letzte Frist bis Donnerstag

Madrid/Barcelona Im Streit über eine Abspaltung Kataloniens geht die Hängepartie weiter.

15 Oct 2017

Deadline nears for Catalan leader to clarify independence stance

MADRID Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has until 10:00 a.m. local (0800 GMT) on Monday to clarify whether he is calling for the region's independence from Spain, with Madrid threatening a return to direct rule if his stance remains ambiguous.

04 Oct 2017

Spanish PM seeks safety in numbers before playing Catalonia trump card

MADRID Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is struggling to secure support from across the traditional political divide in his battle to stop Catalonia breaking away - a lack of consensus that could compound Spain's worst political crisis for decades.

25 Sep 2017

Spain calls time on 'discredited' Catalan referendum

MADRID/BARCELONA Spanish authorities have done enough to prevent any meaningful independence referendum in Catalonia, two senior government officials said on Monday, though they might let a mock secession "party" take place.

23 Sep 2017

Spain, Catalonia clash over policing as illegal independence vote nears

MADRID The mounting political crisis in Spain over Catalonia's campaign for independence intensified on Saturday with a new row over the control of the local police force as the regional government pressed ahead with plans to hold an illegal vote next weekend.

21 Sep 2017

Catalan leader presses on with banned vote on split from Spain

MADRID/BARCELONA The Catalan regional leader on Thursday said he would press on with an Oct. 1 referendum on a split from Spain, flouting a court ban, as tens of thousands gathered for a second day on the streets of Barcelona demanding the right to vote.

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