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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

Dec 07 2017

Italy's 5-Star sheds anti-EU image, calls for reform

ROME Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement supports the European Union and wants significant law-making powers transferred from governments to the European Parliament, its leader Luigi Di Maio told Reuters.

Nov 29 2017

Economists fret as Italian politicians promise to scrap pension cuts

ROME Many of Italy's leading politicians are promising more money for pensioners after elections next year, campaigning to undo reforms that economists say stabilised the country's finances at the height of the euro zone debt crisis six years ago.

Nov 14 2017

Italy's election pits populists against populists

ROME One candidate for prime minister in Italy's election next year says he'll slash taxes by 50 billion euros (44.86 billion pounds) and hike the budget deficit to pay for it. Another wants to bring back the lira Italy used until 2002 - and then there are the populists.

Nov 08 2017

Italy's economic renaissance is less than meets the eye

ROME Italy's slow economic recovery since 2014 is finally gathering pace, but the upturn is likely to prove short-lived as few, if any, of its structural problems have yet been fixed.

Oct 27 2017

Bank of Italy's Visco gets second term despite Renzi dissent

ROME Bank of Italy Governor Ignazio Visco on Friday was appointed to serve a second term of office, overcoming criticism from political factions, including the ruling Democratic Party (PD), to hang onto his job.

Oct 16 2017

Italy presents low-key budget ahead of 2018 elections

ROME Italy's government approved on Monday a low-key 2018 budget which includes measures to raise youth employment, tackle poverty and encourage investments ahead of an election in the spring.

Oct 12 2017

Italy lower house passes new electoral law, moves on to Senate

ROME The Italian Chamber of Deputies on Thursday gave its final approval to a contested electoral law that is likely to penalize the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement in next year's election.

Oct 11 2017

Italy's government wins confidence votes on contested electoral law

ROME The Italian government on Wednesday won two confidence votes on a fiercely contested electoral law that is likely to penalize the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement in next year's national election.

Oct 05 2017

Hacking attacks: a pre-election setback for Italy's 5-Star Movement

ROME Hacking attacks on the web platform used by Italy's 5-Star Movement to select representatives and shape policy threaten to dent confidence in its methods before a parliamentary election it is well placed to win.

Sep 24 2017

I'm no populist, says new leader of Italy's 5-Star

RIMINI, Italy The new leader of Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star movement says it is not a populist party and will make cutting waste and reducing debt its priority.

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