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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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Nov 20 2017

Exclusive: Greece to overshoot budget surplus targets in 2017, 2018 - government official

ATHENS Greece expects to overshoot its budget surplus targets for a third consecutive year in 2018, a senior government official said on Monday, an outcome that could help ease the austerity burden imposed on a recession-weary population.

Nov 15 2017

Greece readies new benchmarks for 30 billion euro debt swap

ATHENS Greece on Wednesday invited holders of about 30 billion euros in its debt to swap 20 outstanding bonds for five new benchmark ones, a move designed to help wean it off reliance on rescue funds and regain full access to financial markets.

Oct 18 2017

Greece, lenders to start talks again, as countdown starts

ATHENS Greece's creditors will return to Athens next week to assess its bailout compliance, in a review which should be concluded swiftly if the country is to meet its goal of emerging from lenders' supervision next year.

Oct 17 2017

Greece, in recession again last year, eyes recovery in 2017-18

ATHENS Greece fell into recession again last year, confounding its international creditors who had predicted some growth after years of budget austerity and bailouts.

Oct 13 2017

Greece eyes November timeframe for bond swap, sounds out investors

ATHENS/LONDON Greece is eyeing a November timeframe to launch a swap of 20 small bonds for four new ones ahead of its scheduled emergence from its bailout programme next summer, bankers said on Friday.

Oct 12 2017

Greece dangles jackpot prize to curb tax dodgers

ATHENS, Oct 12 Greece is dangling the lure of a jackpot prize to coax people into paying their taxes, hoping to curb endemic tax evasion.

Oct 06 2017

Greek pensioners protest benefit cuts, pin hopes on court

ATHENS Hundreds of elderly Greeks protested against deep cuts to their pensions outside the country's top administrative court on Friday, as reforms passed to comply with international bailout demands leave them with ever less cash to live on.

Oct 02 2017

Greece targets faster growth, bigger primary surplus in 2018 draft budget

ATHENS Greece expects economic recovery to gain pace next year when it aims to exit its bailout, the government's draft budget showed on Monday, projecting that stronger growth will help it attain a bigger primary surplus and reduce unemployment.

Sep 25 2017

Greece must wrap up review rapidly to start talks on bailout exit - Dijsselbloem

ATHENS Greece must wrap up an upcoming bailout review quickly to pave the way for a "clean" bailout exit next summer without further conditions beyond standard monitoring, Eurogroup Chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem said on Monday.

Sep 25 2017

Greece must wrap up review rapidly to start talks on bailout exit: Dijsselbloem

ATHENS Greece must wrap up an upcoming bailout review quickly to pave the way for a "clean" bailout exit next summer without further conditions beyond standard monitoring, Eurogroup Chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem said on Monday.

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