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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

Jul 07 2018

China says open for trade with east Europe as clash with U.S. ramps up

SOFIA China remains open for trade with foreign partners and can only benefit from an economically strong Europe, its premier said on Saturday as he pressed for expanded ties with the continent's eastern wing while waging a tariff war with Washington.

Jul 06 2018

China eyes expanded business ties with Eastern Europe amid EU concerns

SOFIA Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will offer the leaders of central and eastern Europe on Saturday expanded business ties at a summit in Sofia while seeking to reassure the EU that Beijing is not trying to divide the continent.

Jul 04 2018

China's ambitions in eastern Europe to face scrutiny at summit

SOFIA/BERLIN/BRUSSELS China meets central and eastern European leaders on Saturday for a summit where Beijing's promises of big infrastructure deals will come under greater scrutiny with some participants saying the annual gatherings yield little.

Jun 08 2018

Southeast Europe targets luxury brands' fast fashion catchup

ROUSSE, Bulgaria/PRAGUE Miglena Hristova's factory near the Danube is among a growing number in southeastern Europe positioning themselves to help top brands adjust to faster fashion cycles. | Video

May 17 2018

Britain will leave customs union, May says, to offer Ireland backstop

SOFIA Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday Britain would leave the EU customs union after Brexit but a source said London was considering a backstop plan that would apply the bloc's external tariffs beyond December 2020.

May 17 2018

EU leaders to woo west Balkan states but road to membership bumpy

SOFIA When EU leaders pose for a "family picture" with counterparts from six western Balkan nations hoping to join the bloc, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will stay away in protest - highlighting how long and hard their road to membership is likely to be.

May 16 2018

Development bank EBRD says willing to lend more to Western Balkans

SOFIA The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is ready to lend more to Western Balkan nations and help them implement reforms so they can attract more investment as they seek to join the European Union, EBRD President said on Wednesday.

Apr 27 2018

Bulgaria next to adopt euro, but should not rush, EU's Moscovici says

SOFIA Bulgaria will be next to adopt the euro, but should not rush the process, European Commissioner for Economic Affairs Pierre Moscovici said on Friday, as Sofia said it would make a key step to join the single currency by the end of June.

Apr 26 2018

Bulgaria says it could join euro zone's ERM-2 within a year

SOFIA Bulgaria said it could join ERM-2, the two-year "waiting room" for euro zone membership, within a year - a timeline that European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said could be achieved.

Apr 17 2018

Bulgarian says innocent of charges that he breached U.S. embargo on Syria

SOFIA When Bulgarian student Zhelyaz Andreev got a job at the Sofia office of a Miami-based company to help pay his way through university the last thing he expected was to be sucked into an international incident. He was wrong.

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