Peter Thal Larsen
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
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Ryanair is living down to its cheapskate reputation. The budget airline is facing irate passengers and an angry regulator after cancelling more than 20,000 flights over the coming seven months. This combination could be an existential threat for most companies. For the Irish carrier, however, indifference to customers is an integral part of its discount offering.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - The campaign for a euro zone budget is a distraction. French President Emmanuel Macron is among those pushing for a fund, financed by taxpayers, to help counter economic shocks. But comments from European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday show the idea is a stretch. Other less dramatic – and less expensive – reforms might achieve the same result.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - The debates that swirl around the Bank of England today have echoed throughout its past. Familiar themes recur in “Till Time’s Last Sand”, David Kynaston’s magisterial history of the 323-year-old institution’s evolution from government lender to modern central bank. Contemporary arguments over independence, the right approach to monetary policy, bank bailouts and the City of London’s future turn out to be as timeworn as the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street herself.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - A prime rule of public relations is to not become the subject of the story. Bell Pottinger has broken that maxim in every way imaginable. The UK corporate communications firm is in meltdown following its work on a highly divisive campaign in South Africa. Though poor management is partly to blame, disruptions prompted by the rise of online media also played a role. It’s a red flag for an industry that has so far avoided the woes of traditional publishers.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Neymar da Silva Santos Junior achieved several milestones this week. The Brazilian forward became the world’s most expensive footballer following his 222 million euro ($263 million) move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain. He also entered the mergers and acquisitions league tables. His transfer ranks among the 30 largest ever purchases of a Brazilian asset by a French buyer, according to Thomson Reuters data. Both feats are a sign soccer M&A has reached a new peak.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingview) - Mark Tucker inherits a bank that is approaching fighting fitness. HSBC’s new chairman, who is due to join the global lender’s board at the beginning of September, has a reputation as a decisive manager. But first-half results suggest little need for an urgent change of direction.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - BBC stars will be the main winners from radical pay transparency. The British public broadcaster has bowed to government pressure by naming the 96 presenters and journalists who earned more than 150,000 pounds ($195,000) in the last financial year. As with chief executives of public companies, disclosing compensation will probably just enable them to demand more.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee may have just been given the summer off. An unexpected drop in UK inflation in June could grant rate-setters more time to decide whether to raise interest rates for the first time in a decade.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Where does an 800 pound gorilla sit? Anywhere it wants to. The old joke also applies to giant companies such as Saudi Aramco. The UK regulator has proposed changes that would make it easier for the state-controlled oil group to offer its shares in London. But making policy for a single company – especially one this large – is a mistake.
［ロンドン ６日 ロイター BREAKINGVIEWS］ - 日本と欧州連合（ＥＵ）が、お互いにトランプ米大統領に「振られた傷」を癒し合った。日本、ＥＵとも昨年末まで米国を主な貿易協定の交渉相手と考えてきたが、トランプ氏の保護主義的な態度によって自然に引かれ合う形になった。