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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

21 Dec 2017

Champagne? It's all in the taste, says top Europe court

BRUSSELS Europe's top court dashed brand-jealous champagne producers' hopes on Wednesday with a ruling that a sorbet sold by German discounter Aldi Sud could be labelled with the word champagne because it contained it.

19 Dec 2017

EU reaches deal on energy standards for buildings

BRUSSELS The European Union on Tuesday backed new rules on energy standards for all new public buildings in the 28-country bloc and improvements for existing buildings, which account for over a third of EU greenhouse gas and emissions.

19 Dec 2017

Lufthansa to gain EU approval for Air Berlin unit LGW acquisition: sources

BRUSSELS Lufthansa is set to secure EU antitrust approval for its acquisition of insolvent Air Berlin's subsidiary LGW after agreeing to give up some Dusseldorf airport slots and not seek new ones, two people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

18 Dec 2017

EU regulators to investigate Ikea's Dutch tax deals

BRUSSELS EU competition regulators will investigate whether Swedish furniture retailer Ikea's [IKEA.UL] tax arrangements with the Netherlands which cut its tax bill in a way which amounted to state aid, as the authorities seek to crack down on unfair tax deals between multinationals and EU countries. | Video

15 Dec 2017

Exclusive - Safran, Zodiac deal expected to win unconditional EU approval: source

BRUSSELS French aero engine maker Safran is set to secure an EU green light for its $7.7 billion (£5.8 billion) bid for aircraft seat maker Zodiac Aerospace to create the world's third-largest aerospace supplier, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.

15 Dec 2017

EU court rejects U.S. intervention in Apple's Irish $15 billion tax case

BRUSSELS Europe's second-highest court has rejected a request from the U.S. government to intervene in Apple's challenge against an EU order to pay back taxes of up to 13 billion euros (£11.4 billion) because it failed to prove a direct interest in the outcome of the case.

14 Dec 2017

Exclusive: Luxottica, Essilor tie-up on track for unconditional EU okay - sources

BRUSSELS Italian eyewear maker Luxottica and French lens manufacturer Essilor are set to win unconditional EU antitrust approval for their 48 billion-euro ($57 billion) merger, two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

14 Dec 2017

EU regulators to clear Luxottica, Essilor deal without conditions: sources

BRUSSELS Italy's Luxottica and French glasses group Essilor are set to win unconditional EU antitrust approval for their 48-billion-euro ($56.8 billion), two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

12 Dec 2017

EasyJet wins unconditional EU approval to buy Air Berlin assets

BRUSSELS British budget airline easyJet gained unconditional EU antitrust approval on Tuesday to buy parts of Air Berlin , in contrast with rival Lufthansa, which is trying to convince regulators of its own bid for other Air Berlin assets.

12 Dec 2017

EU antitrust official sees competition threat if mergers lead to high margins

BRUSSELS EU regulators are keeping tabs on high profit margins enjoyed by companies that are merging, concerned this may threaten competition, a senior EU antitrust official warned on Tuesday.

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