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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

Jun 08 2018

Migrant numbers leap on new Balkan route across Albania

TIRANA Numbers of migrants trying to reach Western Europe via Albania have leapt this year, with people smugglers opening a new Balkan route for those fleeing conflict or poverty in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.

May 23 2018

Rescued pelican enjoys growing fame at Albanian wetlands park

DIVJAKE-KARAVASTA, Albania Birdwatchers from around the world come to Albania's Divjake-Karavasta park for its wetlands and rich array of wildlife. But one inhabitant in particular is attracting spectators: John Malko, the park's pet pelican. | Video

May 02 2018

Albanian central bank holds rate, extends stimulus period

TIRANA, May 2 Albania's central bank held its benchmark rate at its lowest-ever level of 1.25 percent on Wednesday and said its monetary stimulus would remain strong until April 2019.

Apr 18 2018

EU urges Albania to deepen reforms for entry talks

TIRANA EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urged Albania on Wednesday to deepen a reform drive so that it can persuade member states it deserves to join the bloc after 2025.

Apr 05 2018

Albanian protesters block roads, demanding end to new highway tolls

TIRANA Protesters burned tyres and blocked four main highways in Albania on Thursday to demand that authorities scrap new toll fees on the main road linking the impoverished Balkan country with Kosovo.

Mar 31 2018

Albania demonstrators clash with police in road toll row

TIRANA A big crowd angered by new charges on the main artery linking 7Albania to Kosovo pelted police with stones and set the toll booths on fire on Saturday, television images showed.

Mar 28 2018

Albanian cen.bank holds rate, vows stimulus beyond 2018

TIRANA, March 28 Albania's central bank kept its benchmark rate on hold at a record low 1.25 percent on Wednesday and said its stimulus will not weaken before October 2018 to help inflation to its target.

Feb 26 2018

EU tells Balkan states 2025 entry possible for all

TIRANA European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker told Western Balkan countries on Sunday to see 2025 as the date when any of them could join the European Union provided they worked to meet the criteria for membership.

Feb 24 2018

Albania's Chams want Greek apology for wartime expulsion

TIRANA Albania's Cham community, expelled from Greece after World War Two, asked Greece on Saturday to apologize for what they called a genocide against them and permit them to return to the area in northern Greece from which they were removed.

Feb 19 2018

Albania courts Italian industry with low taxes

TIRANA Some 200 Italian companies exploring deals in infrastructure, energy, and agriculture in Albania were told on Monday their poor neighbour offered lower taxes and less red tape than at home.

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