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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 Dec 2017

Greek banks beat target in push to shrink bad loan mountain- central bank

ATHENS Greek banks made further progress during the fourth quarter in reducing their exposure to doubtful and non-performing loans, central bank data showed on Tuesday.

28 Nov 2017

Greek police raids find explosives, nine held over links to banned Turkish group

ATHENS Greek police found bomb-making equipment and detonators in raids in Athens on Tuesday and were questioning nine people over suspected links to a banned militant group in Turkey ahead of an expected visit by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan next week.

20 Oct 2017

Exclusive: Greek banks plan record sale of bad loans as pressure mounts

ATHENS Three of Greece's largest lenders plan to sell up to 5.5 billion euros ($6.5 billion) in bad loans by early next year, sources said, as the country's central bank chief called on the creaking banking sector to act faster to tackle its bad-debt problem.

19 Oct 2017

Greece plays down financial impact of any F-16 jet deal

ATHENS A potential deal with the United States to upgrade dozens of Greece's F-16 fighter jets is not expected to harm its fiscal progress and should not worry its EU lenders, a Greek government spokesman said on Thursday.

17 Oct 2017

Greece, in recession again last year, eyes recovery in 2017-18

ATHENS Greece fell into recession again last year, confounding its international creditors who had predicted some growth after years of budget austerity and bailouts.

11 Oct 2017

Pro-Catalonia anarchists enter Spanish embassy in Athens

ATHENS Self-proclaimed anarchists burst into the Spanish embassy in Athens on Wednesday and threw leaflets in favor of Catalonian independence, an embassy official said. | Video

11 Oct 2017

Pro-Catalonia anarchists enter Spanish embassy in Athens

ATHENS Self-proclaimed anarchists burst into the Spanish embassy in Athens on Wednesday and threw leaflets in favour of Catalonian independence, an embassy official said. | Video

02 Oct 2017

Greece targets faster growth, bigger primary surplus in 2018 draft budget

ATHENS Greece expects economic recovery to gain pace next year when it aims to exit its bailout, the government's draft budget showed on Monday, projecting that stronger growth will help it attain a bigger primary surplus and reduce unemployment.

29 Sep 2017

EIB backs Piraeus Bank bond to bolster small businesses

ATHENS The European Investment Bank (EIB) said it will invest 350 million euros (308.89 million pounds) in Piraeus Bank covered bond next month as part of efforts to increase small business lending in Greece.

28 Sep 2017

Greek recovery to strengthen, quick bailout review a must - Bank of Greece chief

ATHENS Greece's economy is recovering after a deep recession and growth is set to pick up in the next two years, the head of its central bank said on Thursday, urging a speedy conclusion to its next bailout review to avoid a new cycle of uncertainty.

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