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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ROME Italy will not ratify the European Union's free trade agreement with Canada, Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Friday, although Canadian officials played down the threat to the accord, which mostly took effect last year.
ROME Italy's lower house of parliament voted on Thursday to cut the pensions of former lawmakers, making good on a pledge by the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement to hack back parliamentary privileges.
ROME The head of Italy's central bank on Tuesday warned the new anti-establishment government to be cautious with public finances to avoid upsetting financial markets and increasing public debt.
ROME Italy will not adopt measures to narrow the budget deficit this year, as requested by the European Commission, and is also ready to increase next year's deficit target, new Economy Minister Giovanni Tria said on Tuesday.
ROME Italy's new government will limit temporary job contracts and penalise firms that move production offshore in its first big economic legislation, which is aimed at increasing job security.
ROME A rescue boat saved 59 migrants at sea off Libya on Saturday and Italy immediately said it would not welcome them, setting up a fresh stand-off with Malta and adding to tensions among European governments over immigration.
ROME Italy's new government will do nothing to undermine the euro and investors have no reason to fear its agenda, a prominent eurosceptic senator from the right-wing League party said.
ROME The number of people living in poverty in Italy climbed to its highest level for more than a decade in 2017, data showed on Tuesday, prompting a promise of urgent action from the country's new government.
PARIS/ROME French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday populism was spreading across Europe like a disease that Europeans should fight more vigorously instead of criticising the actions of pro-European governments like his.
ROME Two leading eurosceptics from Italy's far-right League, Claudio Borghi and Alberto Bagnai, were picked on Thursday to head important parliamentary committees, as the League and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement put together their coalition government.
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