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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

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.

12 Sep 2017

Spanish court blocks second law linked to Catalan referendum

MADRID A Spanish court has suspended a Catalan law that outlined a legal framework for an independent state, a court source said on Tuesday, the day after hundreds of thousands rallied in Barcelona to support secession from Madrid.

07 Sep 2017

Spain blocks Catalan independence vote, threatens charges

MADRID Spain's central authorities moved on Thursday to crush plans by the northeastern region of Catalonia to hold an independence referendum and took steps to prosecute regional lawmakers backing the ballot.

07 Sep 2017

Catalonia parliament votes for Oct. 1 referendum on split from Spain

MADRID Catalonia's parliament voted on Wednesday to hold an independence referendum on Oct. 1, setting up a clash with the Spanish government that has vowed to stop what it says would be an illegal vote.

30 Aug 2017

Spanish PM challenges opposition to vote him out at graft hearing

MADRID Spain's prime minister challenged lawmakers to table a no confidence vote in his government as he answered questions over alleged illegal financing of his conservative People's Party.

24 Aug 2017

Barcelona balances security and freedom after deadly attacks

MADRID Spain's northeastern region of Catalonia, hit last week by two Islamist militant attacks which killed 15 people, is to deploy more police, install bollards in Barcelona and step up security around stations and tourist landmarks. | Video

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