Erik Kirschbaum

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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9:06pm IST

Merkel says she has 'good relationship' with Trump despite frosty start

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday that she and President Donald Trump have built a "good working relationship" even though the two had frosty exchanges last year that raised fears of damage to the pivotal U.S.-German partnership.

9:01pm IST

A comeback for kingmaker: German FDP keeps options open for next govt

BERLIN The leader of Germany's Free Democrats (FDP) said on Saturday his party was confident of returning to parliament in September and eager to put its pro-business stamp on the next government - whether with Angela Merkel's conservatives or the Social Democrats.

01 Mar 2017

German SPD trims Merkel's lead in Forsa poll

BERLIN Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) narrowed the gap with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives to 2 percentage points from 3 in the last week, according to a poll for Stern magazine by the Forsa institute.

20 Feb 2017

In election year, Germany to tap asylum-seekers' phones for ID checks

BERLIN The German government has drafted a law to allow authorities to tap into the phone and computer data of asylum-seekers if there are doubts about their nationalities - an unusual move in a country where data protection is sacred.

19 Feb 2017

Germany's SPD moves ahead of Merkel's party in poll

BERLIN Germany's centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have moved ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) in an opinion poll by the Emnid institute for the first time since 2006, Bild am Sonntag newspaper said.

19 Feb 2017

Schaeuble denies 'Grexit' threat, says Greece on right path

BERLIN German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble denied on Sunday that he had said Greece would have to leave the euro zone if it failed to implement economic reforms.

19 Feb 2017

Hungarian love story wins top prize at Berlin Film Festival

BERLIN A Hungarian love story called "On Body and Soul" about two lonely hearts working in a slaughterhouse in Budapest won the Golden Bear for best film on Saturday at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival.

14 Feb 2017

Merkel's conservatives rap her election rival Schulz for eurobonds talk

BERLIN Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Monday rebuked Martin Schulz, the new Social Democratic leader who will run against her in September's elections, for calling for "euro bonds" in the single currency bloc to relieve its debt crisis.

03 Jan 2017

Debate over race and policing roils start of German election year

BERLIN A new acronym coined by German police to describe troublemaking migrants from North Africa has sharpened a national debate over immigration and crime as the country recovers from a deadly attack and gears up for a vital election this year.

02 Jan 2017

Syrian suspected of planning truck attack in Germany arrested - prosecutors

BERLIN A Syrian migrant who arrived in Germany two years ago has been arrested on suspicion of seeking funds from Islamic State to drive truck bombs into a crowd, a German state prosecutor's office said on Monday.

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