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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

20 Dec 2017

Former Italian bank CEO deals blow to close Renzi ally

ROME The former chief of Unicredit said on Wednesday that a close ally of former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi had asked him in 2014 about the possibility of his bank buying a troubled smaller lender where her father worked.

19 Dec 2017

Bank of Italy not to blame for bank collapses, governor tells parliament

ROME Bank of Italy Governor Ignazio Visco on Tuesday defended his record as a custodian of local banks, telling parliament the collapse of numerous lenders was not due to careless supervision but to a deep recession and unhelpful European Union rules.

31 Oct 2017

Visco defends Bank of Italy's supervision of banking system

ROME Bank of Italy Governor Ignazio Visco defended the central bank's supervision of the financial system, which has seen 10 lenders collapse in the last two years, saying on Tuesday that the bank was ready to account for all its actions.

17 Oct 2017

Exclusive: Italy's president defends central bank chief as his mandate expires

ROME Italy's president on Tuesday made a rare intervention to defend the country's central bank chief after the ruling Democratic Party (PD) criticised Ignazio Visco, whose mandate expires in less than two weeks.

16 Oct 2017

Italy moves to rein in Vivendi's influence over Telecom Italia

ROME/MILAN Italy told Telecom Italia on Monday that it wants to have a say in all its strategic decisions, in the strongest sign so far that Rome intends to rein in the growing influence of French group Vivendi over the former state monopoly.

16 Oct 2017

Italy presents low-key budget ahead of 2018 elections

ROME Italy's government approved on Monday a low-key 2018 budget which includes measures to raise youth employment, tackle poverty and encourage investments ahead of an election in the spring.

10 Oct 2017

Italy calls confidence vote on contested electoral law

ROME The Italian government called on Tuesday for confidence votes in the lower house of parliament to try to force through an electoral law that is likely to penalise the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement.

04 Oct 2017

Italian government gets economy bill through Senate despite friction

ROME The Italian parliament approved the government's latest economic forecasts on Wednesday, but the Senate vote exposed deep divisions on the political left that could complicate the drafting of the 2018 budget.

27 Sep 2017

Italian parliament launches bank enquiry, but time limited

ROME A parliamentary commission set up to investigate recent Italian banking scandals met for the first time on Wednesday, but it will have little opportunity to reach any meaningful conclusions before the legislature ends.

23 Sep 2017

Italy hikes growth forecasts, deficit target ahead of election

ROME Italy on Saturday raised its forecasts for economic growth this year and next and said it would cut the budget deficit by less than previously promised.

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