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Peter Thal Larsen

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

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Breakingviews - Arsenal manager's weak second half instructs CEOs

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Arsène Wenger’s career is instructive in many ways. The studious Frenchman helped revolutionise British soccer following his arrival as Arsenal manager in 1996. His focus on nutrition, precise training and mental discipline produced a golden age of victories for the North London club. As Wenger hangs up his boots after 22 years in charge, however, the main takeaway for corporate leaders is this: don’t hang around too long.

Apr 08 2018

Breakingviews - New Deutsche Bank CEO fails to fill strategic void

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Deutsche Bank has a new chief executive, but he faces the same strategic void. The German lender on Sunday evening picked retail bank chief Christian Sewing to replace John Cryan. The shake-up suggests a further retreat from Deutsche’s global trading ambitions.

Apr 06 2018

Breakingviews - Wanted: candidates for Europe’s toughest bank job

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Paul Achleitner, chairman of Deutsche Bank, has initiated a search to replace CEO John Cryan, though the process is still at an early stage. Breakingviews has obtained a copy of the imaginary pitch headhunters have sent to prospective candidates.

Mar 19 2018

Breakingviews - Brexit transition deal buys little but time

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - The latest Brexit deal buys little more than time. The agreement unveiled on Monday effectively keeps Britain in the European Union until the end of 2020, giving companies longer to prepare for departure. But key disputes about the United Kingdom’s future relationship with the EU are unresolved, and the risk of a chaotic exit remains.

Mar 12 2018

Breakingviews - German energy carve-up generates good sparks

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - The latest carve-up of Germany’s energy sector makes more sense than previous reshuffles. RWE is dividing up its ailing Innogy unit in a deal with rival E.ON. The former will focus on generating power, while the latter will specialise in distributing it. A knotty asset swap complicates the financial picture but the strategic thinking is hard to fault.

Jan 30 2018

コラム:ダボス会議の「眉唾」コンセンサス

[ロンドン/ミラノ 29日 ロイター BREAKINGVIEWS] - ダボスのバブルは、疑わしい結論を吐き出す傾向にある。このスイスの山岳リゾート地に毎年1月参集する政治家やビジネス界の有力者、金融関係者など大勢の人々は、エリートによる思考の一端を垣間見せてくれる。

Jan 29 2018

Breakingviews - Beware the Davos bubble’s dubious emissions

LONDON/MILAN (Reuters Breakingviews) - The Davos bubble is prone to emitting dubious conclusions. Each January, the policymakers, business leaders, financiers, and various hangers-on who gather in the Swiss mountain resort offer up a snapshot of elite thinking. This “Davos consensus” often proves wide of the mark.

Jan 26 2018

Breakingviews: Xi Jinping wannabes flub their lines at Davos

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters Breakingviews) - Xi Jinping’s would-be imitators flubbed their lines in Davos this year. World leaders including Emmanuel Macron of France, India’s Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke in defense of global cooperation at the elite gathering in the mountain resort. But their rhetoric failed to match the Chinese president’s headline-grabbing speech a year earlier, in part because their sales pitches to investors further muddled the message. | Video

Dec 08 2017

Breakingviews - Britain heads for Brexit in name only

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Brexit is rapidly becoming a symbol without substance. Prime Minister Theresa May’s last-minute deal with the European Union reduces the chances of a chaotic divorce but exposes the difficulty of preserving trade flows after the separation. A lengthy transition period will create further scope for May – or another Prime Minister – to make concessions.

Nov 24 2017

Breakingviews - Clariant and activist lack a positive reaction

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - It’s easier for an activist to oppose than propose. That’s the straightforward lesson from Clariant’s struggle with its largest investor, White Tale. The 20 percent shareholder scuppered the Swiss chemicals maker’s merger with U.S. rival Huntsman. Determining what happens next, however, will require powers of persuasion.

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