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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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18 Oct 2017

Portugal sees silver lining in Spain's Catalan clouds

LISBON Portugal has taken a swipe at its bigger neighbour Spain, saying it takes no pleasure from the Catalan independence crisis but hopes investment and tourists will be persuaded to cross the border in search of "political stability".

18 Oct 2017

Portugal to cut debt, boost potential growth

LISBON Portugal hopes to cut its total debt to 120 percent of gross domestic product by 2019 from 130 percent last year, Finance Minister Mario Centeno told Reuters, a change that could help boost the country's creditworthiness.

28 Sep 2017

Interview - Portugal expects further credit upgrades soon, yields below Italy

LISBON Portugal expects credit ratings agencies Moody's and Fitch to lift its sovereign rating back to investment grade in coming months, bringing its bond yields close to Spanish levels, deputy finance minister Ricardo Mourinho Felix said.

28 Sep 2017

Exclusive: Portugal's big banks team up to tackle bad loans

LISBON Portugal's three biggest banks plan to manage jointly some of their bad loans to avoid more writedowns, effectively taking on the task of trying to tackle one of Europe's biggest bad-debt burdens.

28 Sep 2017

EXCLUSIVE-Portugal's top banks to jointly manage bad loans - govt

LISBON, Sept 28 Portugal's three biggest lenders plan to jointly manage some of their bad loans in an effort to avoid further writedowns and restore struggling borrowers to health, a move agreed with the government and central bank, the deputy finance minister said.

20 Sep 2017

Portuguese payments company SIBS considers sale or capital increase

LISBON/LONDON, Sept 20 The owners of Portuguese payments provider SIBS are considering a potential sale or capital increase and have hired Deutsche Bank to explore its options, the company said.

18 Sep 2017

Portugal seeks to shelter public firms from failing bank bail-ins

LISBON Portugal's government is seeking to give more protection to deposits by public firms and large institutions in case of bank failures that hit senior bond holders, Deputy Finance Minister Ricardo Mourinho Felix said on Monday.

18 Sep 2017

Portugal seeks to shelter public firms from failing bank bail-ins

LISBON, Sept 18 Portugal's government is seeking to give more protection to deposits by public firms and large institutions in case of bank failures that hit senior bond holders, Deputy Finance Minister Ricardo Mourinho Felix said on Monday.

21 Jul 2017

Portugal says reform effort still on, more efficient than before

LISBON Portugal's government sees no need to further downsize the state sector and expects its plan of targeted investment and efficiency improvements there to reap more economic benefits than previous tougher but largely fruitless reform attempts.

24 May 2017

Exclusive - Portugal says economy growing faster than forecast

LISBON Portuguese economic growth is outpacing the official forecast, fuelled by exports and investment, and is set to reach more than 3 percent in the second quarter and more than 2 percent for the whole of 2017, the finance minister said on Wednesday.

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