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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.

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03 Aug 2018

Italy fixes budget outline, as markets worry

ROME Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Friday the government had fixed the framework of its 2019 budget, but investors concerned about Rome's spending plans sold government bonds and the statistics bureau said the economy would keep slowing.

20 Jul 2018

Italy government reaches deal on top posts after market wobble

ROME Italy's coalition government, facing market turbulence over reports of internal divisions, finally agreed on Friday who should fill two key positions which carry great influence over the economy.

18 Jul 2018

Italy's ruling coalition likely to delay small bank reform-sources

(This version of the story corrects paragraph six to clarify that 90-day deadline would be suspended for six months not extended to six months)

10 Jul 2018

Don't take risks with economy, Italy's central bank tells new government

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.

03 Jul 2018

Italy says won't trim 2018 deficit but will keep budget in check

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.

29 Jun 2018

Italy economy minister favours insider Rivera for Treasury chief

MILAN/ROME Italia's economy minister wants to appoint top financial bureaucrat Alessandro Rivera, who helped manage the nation's recent banking crisis, as head of the Treasury, which oversees one of Europe's heaviest debt burdens, sources said.

21 Jun 2018

Eurosceptics to head Italian parliamentary finance committees

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.

31 May 2018

Italy's Cottarelli opens door to possible eurosceptic government

ROME Italy's two main anti-establishment parties could yet form a government, after the man nominated as interim prime minister said politicians, rather than technocrats like himself, might be able to steer the country out of deadlock. | Video

30 May 2018

Sorge vor Chaos in Italien - Neuer Anlauf zu Regierungsbildung

Rom Bei der Regierungsbildung in Italien schlagen die rechte Lega und die populistischen 5 Sterne einen unerwarteten Haken: Mit einem neuen Anlauf für eine Koalition wollen sie eine Experten-Regierung doch noch verhindern.

17 May 2018

Italian parties agree government programme, say no threat to euro

ROME Italy's two anti-establishment parties agreed the basis for a governing accord on Thursday that would slash taxes, ramp up welfare spending and pose the biggest challenge to the European Union since Britain voted to leave the bloc two years ago.

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