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
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz invented the modern car. Now the $75 billion German company built on that legacy seems to have invented the trade-war profit warning. The question for investors is whether Daimler’s stance is a responsible attempt to get out in front of the problem, or a “dog ate my homework” distraction from other shortcomings.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Facing a possible trade tit-for-tat with U.S. President Donald Trump, the European Union has two unpalatable options: keep matching American measures, or extend a hand to defuse tensions. Offering to slash tariffs on auto imports would dent Europe’s pride, but might avert further economic damage.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - A deal between Dialog Semiconductor and U.S. touchscreen group Synaptics makes sense. The question is whether the British iPhone-chip maker can pull it off.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Gaming out a looming M&A fight between Walt Disney and Comcast is a job for John Nash, the game theorist awarded a Nobel Prize for his study of conflict and cooperation. Short of an unlikely truce between the two groups competing for Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox, however, shareholders in British broadcaster Sky should benefit.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Gianni Infantino, president of FIFA, is cooking up a $25 billion payday for soccer’s governing body and the sport’s top players. However, his financial backers will only make their money back in extra time - if at all.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Lord Rothermere, chairman of the Daily Mail and General Trust, reckons Paul Dacre is the greatest UK newspaper editor of his generation. The tabloid’s peer-beating circulation figures since 2000 add weight to that case. A recent deterioration, however, suggest it’s a good time for Dacre to move on.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - The European Union often falls short of Brussels’ grand visions. Witness member states’ unease with the free movement of people, and half-hearted attempts at creating a banking union. Telecom regulation is no different. A new set of rules does little to make tangible the so-called “digital single market”.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Pity European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom. The Swedish former political science lecturer is spearheading the bloc’s response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imported steel and aluminium. Her first step was decisive. Things will get harder if Trump raises the stakes.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Martin Sorrell’s exorbitant pay packages at WPP were supposedly justified by the CEO’s intimate knowledge of the advertising business and roster of high-level contacts. Now that the 73-year-old is starting from scratch again that value will be put to the test.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - France’s top telecom regulator Sebastien Soriano has had a change of heart and is willing to countenance deals. But it will take more than his blessing for potential buyers, such as Bouygues, to bid for Altice or Iliad.