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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

05 Oct 2017

Exclusive: Italy's central bank asks ECB to soften bad-loan plans - source

ROME Italy's central bank is calling on the European Central Bank to soften new requirements for banks to set aside more capital to cover newly classified bad loans, a source told Reuters.

03 Oct 2017

ECB to force banks to raise bad debt provisions - draft document

ROME The European Central Bank plans to ask euro area banks to set aside more cash to cover bad loans, making it prohibitively expensive for lenders to keep sitting on them, a draft proposal seen by Reuters showed on Tuesday.

03 Oct 2017

ECB to ask banks to increase provisions on bad debt - draft document

ROME, Oct 3 The European Central Bank plans to ask euro zone banks to set aside enough cash to cover 100 percent of their non-performing loans over the next several years, a draft document of its new guidelines seen by Reuters showed on Tuesday.

08 Jun 2017

Italy's banks in talks with Rome over rescuing Veneto lenders: sources

MILAN/ROME Italy's biggest banks may help Rome bail out Popolare di Vicenza and Veneto Banca to avoid being hit by costly depositor guarantees if European regulators shut them down, sources close to the matter said on Thursday.

07 Jun 2017

Exclusive - EU in stronger position to tackle Italy after Spain bank rescue: source

BRUSSELS/ROME European Union regulators believe their rescue of Spanish lender Banco Popular has strengthened the case for intervening in Italy's two weakest lenders, but expect it will be harder to use the same approach, a senior EU official said on Wednesday.

18 May 2017

Exclusive: Italy's Veneto banks may need more private capital

MILAN Italy's healthier banks may have to once again step in to prop up two ailing Veneto-based regional lenders before taxpayer money can be used to rescue them, according to several sources familiar with the matter.

21 Apr 2017

Atlantia says takeover bid for Abertis can only be friendly

ROME Italian toll-road operator Atlantia is interested in acquiring Spain's Abertis , but only if a deal can be agreed, and does not see a need to sell any of Abertis's assets to fund it, Atlantia's chief executive said on Friday.

12 Apr 2017

Monte Paschi CEO says EU demands radical restructuring plan

SIENA, Italy Monte dei Paschi di Siena is still negotiating with the European Commission how many jobs to cut in a radical restructuring plan that is a condition for a state rescue of the Italian bank, Chief Executive Marco Morelli said on Wednesday.

22 Mar 2017

Italy to test EU rules again with Veneto banks bailout

ROME/BRUSSELS Italy's plans to bail out two regional banks pose a dilemma for European regulators, who are still considering whether Monte dei Paschi qualifies for state aid, three months after giving a preliminary green light.

22 Mar 2017

Italy to test EU rules again with Veneto banks bailout

ROME/BRUSSELS Italy's plans to bail out two regional banks pose a tough dilemma to European regulators, who are still considering whether Monte dei Paschi qualifies for state aid, three months after giving a preliminary green light.

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