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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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26 Apr 2018

Protests in Spain as five cleared of gang rape at San Fermin festival

MADRID Thousands of protesters took to the streets across Spain on Thursday after a court cleared five men of the gang rape of a teenager at the 2016 San Fermin bull-running festival in Pamplona.

29 Mar 2018

Defiant Catalan academic Ponsati granted bail in fight to avoid Spanish extradition

EDINBURGH/MADRID Catalan academic Clara Ponsati, accused by Spain of rebellion for her role in Catalonia's independence campaign, was granted bail by a Scottish court on Wednesday as she battles extradition, saying she was the object of political persecution. | Video

01 Mar 2018

Puigdemont pulls back from candidacy for Catalan leadership

MADRID Catalonia's former leader Carles Puigdemont pulled back from a bid for a second term in office on Thursday, dealing a blow to the Spanish northeastern region's secessionist movement.

24 Jan 2018

Catalan separatist leader stays vague on possible return, Spain on alert

MADRID/COPENHAGEN Spanish authorities are monitoring borders to make sure that fugitive Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont does not sneak back into Spain to take up the presidency of the regional parliament again, a senior minister said on Tuesday.

19 Jan 2018

No reason why I can't rule Catalonia remotely, former leader says

MADRID, Jan 19 The sacked former leader of Catalonia said on Friday he was perfectly eligible to be re-elected as regional president and there was no reason why he couldn't rule the Spanish region remotely from self-imposed exile in Brussels.

10 Jan 2018

Catalan parties propose self-exiled former leader as president

MADRID The two main pro-independence parties in Catalonia have agreed to back former leader Carles Puigdemont as their candidate to head the region, raising the likelihood of a renewed push this year for a split from Spain.

10 Jan 2018

Pro-independence parties to back former Catalan leader as regional head

MADRID, Jan 10 The two main pro-independence parties in the Spanish region of Catalonia have agreed to back former leader Carles Puigdemont as candidate for regional head, raising the likelihood of a renewed push for a split from Spain this year.

08 Nov 2017

Catalan strike severs road links as secessionist leader regroups

BARCELONA/MADRID A general strike called by pro-independence campaigners in Catalonia closed shops and severed transport links on Wednesday, as the region's deposed leader lost political momentum after failing to seal an electoral pact with another party.

20 Oct 2017

Spain plans new elections in Catalonia to end independence bid: opposition

MADRID The Spanish government has secured opposition support for dissolving Catalonia's parliament and holding new elections there in January in its bid to check the regional government's push for independence. | Video

02 Oct 2017

Krise in Spanien - Separatisten wollen Abspaltung umsetzen

Barcelona/Madrid Die katalanischen Separatisten steuern nach dem Unabhängigkeitsreferendum ungeachtet des Widerstandes der Madrider Regierung unbeirrt die Loslösung von Spanien an.

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