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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

18 Jan 2018

Italian banks urge EU to relax rules on salary-secured loans

ROME, Jan 18 Italy's banking industry is lobbying European lawmakers to change what it sees as unfairly harsh regulation of a common lending practice in the country, a campaign that if successful would ease pressure on lenders to raise more capital.

14 Dec 2017

Italy regulator lands Renzi in trouble over bank collapse

ROME Italy's market regulator sparked a political storm on Thursday when he told parliament that an ally of former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi had spoken to him in 2014 about the fate of a struggling bank where her father was a board member.

19 Oct 2017

Berlusconi joins criticism of Bank of Italy as Visco decision looms

ROME The Bank of Italy and its governor, Ignazio Visco, came under increased scrutiny on Thursday when former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi joined a chorus of politicians criticising its operations.

05 Oct 2017

Exclusive: Italy's central bank asks ECB to soften bad-loan plans - source

ROME Italy's central bank is calling on the European Central Bank to soften new requirements for banks to set aside more capital to cover newly classified bad loans, a source told Reuters.

03 Oct 2017

ECB to force banks to raise bad debt provisions - draft document

ROME The European Central Bank plans to ask euro area banks to set aside more cash to cover bad loans, making it prohibitively expensive for lenders to keep sitting on them, a draft proposal seen by Reuters showed on Tuesday.

03 Oct 2017

ECB to ask banks to increase provisions on bad debt - draft document

ROME, Oct 3 The European Central Bank plans to ask euro zone banks to set aside enough cash to cover 100 percent of their non-performing loans over the next several years, a draft document of its new guidelines seen by Reuters showed on Tuesday.

08 Jun 2017

Italy's banks in talks with Rome over rescuing Veneto lenders: sources

MILAN/ROME Italy's biggest banks may help Rome bail out Popolare di Vicenza and Veneto Banca to avoid being hit by costly depositor guarantees if European regulators shut them down, sources close to the matter said on Thursday.

07 Jun 2017

Exclusive - EU in stronger position to tackle Italy after Spain bank rescue: source

BRUSSELS/ROME European Union regulators believe their rescue of Spanish lender Banco Popular has strengthened the case for intervening in Italy's two weakest lenders, but expect it will be harder to use the same approach, a senior EU official said on Wednesday.

18 May 2017

Exclusive: Italy's Veneto banks may need more private capital

MILAN Italy's healthier banks may have to once again step in to prop up two ailing Veneto-based regional lenders before taxpayer money can be used to rescue them, according to several sources familiar with the matter.

21 Apr 2017

Atlantia says takeover bid for Abertis can only be friendly

ROME Italian toll-road operator Atlantia is interested in acquiring Spain's Abertis , but only if a deal can be agreed, and does not see a need to sell any of Abertis's assets to fund it, Atlantia's chief executive said on Friday.

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