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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

15 Feb 2018

Italy's election pledges are a debt time bomb, economists warn

ROME "Every promise is debt - think about it," screams the message below a huge, ticking "debt clock" that greets passengers at the main train stations in Rome and Milan.

09 Feb 2018

Wizard needed to predict Italian vote outcome, says pollster

ROME A new, untried electoral system and a large number of undecided voters means Italy's March 4 election is highly unpredictable and there are several alternative coalition governments that could emerge, pollsters say.

09 Feb 2018

Italy vote campaign heats up as 5-Star takes aim at Berlusconi

ROME Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Friday he would sue the leader of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement for calling him "a traitor to the country," in an increasingly bitter election campaign.

02 Feb 2018

Berlusconi ally proposes 23 percent flat tax to stimulate Italy

ROME A low, "flat tax" rate for individuals and businesses alike can invigorate Italy's economy, reduce tax evasion and strengthen public finances, a close ally of Silvio Berlusconi and possible future economy minister told Reuters.

01 Feb 2018

Exclusive - 5-Star leader says could back broad Italy government: source

ROME The leader of Italy's 5-Star Movement told international investors on Wednesday he would be willing to govern with mainstream rivals if a March 4 election produces no clear winner, a source told Reuters.

26 Jan 2018

Italy's 5-Star says would respect EU's three percent deficit limit

ROME The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement said on Friday that if it wins power at Italy's March 4 election it will respect the European Union's budget deficit limit of 3 percent of gross domestic product, reversing an earlier stance.

25 Jan 2018

Not so anti-establishment now - Italy's 5-Star's evolving face

ROME When parliamentarians from Italy's "anti-establishment" 5-Star Movement sat down for a closed-door meeting with international banks and hedge funds in November, they feared the encounter was going to be awkward.

22 Jan 2018

Italy's 5-Star presents election programme with no euro referendum

ROME The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, leading opinion polls ahead of a March 4 election, has presented a 20-point programme which makes no mention of a referendum on Italy's membership of the euro zone.

19 Jan 2018

Italy's centre right vows deep tax cuts, funding unclear

ROME A centre-right grouping involving former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is pledging to slash taxes and throw out a drastic pension reform in its bid to win over voters at a national election in just over six weeks' time.

09 Jan 2018

Berlusconi says Italy can't leave euro; coalition ally disagrees

ROME Silvio Berlusconi said on Tuesday that Italy must not leave the euro but his main coalition partner immediately disagreed, underlining policy differences in the centre-right bloc which is expected to take most seats in an election in March.

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