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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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22 Feb 2018

Germany's far-right AfD set to embrace anti-Islam PEGIDA

BERLIN A leader of the nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) is pushing to overturn the party's ban on members joining rallies by the anti-Islam PEGIDA movement - another sign of the rightward shift of Germany's budding main opposition party.

22 Feb 2018

Merkel eyes overhaul of EU finances for post-Brexit bloc

BERLIN Brexit offers the European Union an opportunity for a broad rethink of its financial set-up, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday before an EU summit that will tackle the bloc's future budget.

20 Feb 2018

Merkel's future in Social Democratic hands as party vote starts

BERLIN Members of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) began voting on Tuesday on whether to enter a new coalition with Angela Merkel's conservatives, a postal ballot which could scupper the chancellor's chances of a fourth term in office.

13 Feb 2018

German SPD leader quits in bid to calm party after coalition deal with Merkel

BERLIN German Social Democratic leader (SPD) Martin Schulz resigned on Tuesday, hoping to end turbulence that has rocked the centre-left party since it agreed a coalition deal with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives. | Video

22 Jan 2018

Germany's SPD wants Merkel to sweeten coalition deal

BERLIN The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) said on Monday he wanted to renegotiate key issues agreed in a coalition blueprint with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives after his party narrowly approved the start of formal coalition talks. | Video

22 Jan 2018

Merkel readies for intense German coalition talks after tight SPD vote

BERLIN, Jan 22 German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives start preparing for formal coalition talks with the Social Democrats (SPD) on Monday, wasting no time after the centre-left party narrowly voted to go ahead following months of political deadlock.

18 Jan 2018

Leader of German Social Democrats' youth wing could be Merkel's nemesis

BERLIN On the face of it, a fresh-faced, hoodie-wearing 28-year-old is an unlikely threat to the leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD), let alone to conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel.

16 Jan 2018

Split Social Democrats could sink Merkel's coalition plans

BERLIN/DUESSELDORF The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) tried on Tuesday to quash a grassroots rebellion against a blueprint agreed with Angela Merkel's conservatives to enter formal talks on a "grand coalition" which could scupper her plan for a fourth term.

05 Jan 2018

Second time lucky? Merkel starts over with coalition talks

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel, weakened by an election setback in September, launches a second bid to build a coalition government on Sunday when she sits down with the Social Democrats (SPD) for exploratory talks.

03 Jan 2018

Parties optimistic as matchmaker Merkel plans SPD coalition re-run

BERLIN Germany's largest parties expressed optimism about the chances of forming a government after several hours of talks between the leaders of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) she hopes to win as coalition partners. | Video

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