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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

15 Dec 2017

Germany's Merck in fresh bid to enter U.S. MS pill market

FRANKFURT Germany's Merck KGaA is reviving plans to bring an oral multiple sclerosis (MS) treatment to the U.S. market, hoping for blockbuster sales despite regulatory concerns about side effects having frustrated its ambitions almost seven years ago.

14 Dec 2017

Perrigo lines up bid for Merck's consumer health unit: sources

LONDON/FRANKFURT Generic drugmaker Perrigo has decided to enter the fray for Merck KGaA's consumer health unit, sources told Reuters, and is preparing an indicative offer for the $4.7 billion business ahead of a deadline on Friday.

14 Dec 2017

Perrigo preparing non-binding bid for Merck KgaA's consumer health unit -sources

LONDON/FRANKFURT, Dec 14 U.S. drugmaker Perrigo has decided to enter the fray for Merck KgaA's consumer health unit, sources told Reuters on Thursday, and is preparing an indicative offer for the $4.7 billion business ahead of the Dec. 15 deadline.

07 Dec 2017

BASF agrees oil unit merger with Fridman's DEA to spur expansion

FRANKFURT/LONDON Chemical giant BASF agreed to merge its oil and gas unit Wintershall with DEA, a vehicle of Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman, to create one of the largest independent oil and gas firms in Europe, the companies said.

05 Dec 2017

Paul Singer's Elliott takes stake in takeover target Uniper

FRANKFURT Activist investor Elliott Management has taken a 5.32 percent stake in Uniper , putting pressure on Finland's Fortum to sweeten its 8.05 billion euro (£422 million) takeover offer for the German energy company.

01 Dec 2017

Nestle, Stada prepare rival bids for Germany's Merck consumer health: sources

LONDON/FRANKFURT Swiss food giant Nestle and the private equity owners of German drug firm Stada are both preparing tentative bids for Merck KgaA's consumer health unit, several sources told Reuters.

28 Nov 2017

Merck KGaA, Pfizer's immunotherapy fails in gastric cancer trial

FRANKFURT Germany's Merck KGaA has suffered a setback in the development of key cancer immunotherapy Bavencio, it having failed in a trial to prolong lives in gastric cancer patients when compared with standard chemotherapy.

27 Nov 2017

Minerals miner K+S settles with conservationist group

FRANKFURT German potash miner K+S has agreed to cut waste water discharge volumes by a million cubic metres over the next four years in a settlement deal with German conservationist group BUND, which dropped a lawsuit in return.

24 Nov 2017

BASF in talks to combine oil unit with Fridman's DEA

FRANKFURT BASF said it was in talks to combine its oil and gas unit Wintershall [WINT.UL] with DEA [RWEDE.UL], the energy group owned by Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman, as the German group expands its core plastics and chemicals operations.

24 Nov 2017

Bayer pharmaceuticals head says there's no pipeline problem

LEVERKUSEN, Germany Bayer is seeking to defend its pharmaceuticals business that will be diluted in importance by the takeover of Monsanto and faces a threat to revenues in 2024 when the blockbuster heart drug Xarelto loses its patent.

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