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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

22 Jan 2018

Germany's SPD wants Merkel to sweeten coalition deal

BERLIN The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) said on Monday he wanted to renegotiate key issues agreed in a coalition blueprint with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives after his party narrowly approved the start of formal coalition talks.

22 Jan 2018

Merkel readies for intense German coalition talks after tight SPD vote

BERLIN, Jan 22 German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives start preparing for formal coalition talks with the Social Democrats (SPD) on Monday, wasting no time after the centre-left party narrowly voted to go ahead following months of political deadlock.

18 Jan 2018

Leader of German Social Democrats' youth wing could be Merkel's nemesis

BERLIN On the face of it, a fresh-faced, hoodie-wearing 28-year-old is an unlikely threat to the leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD), let alone to conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel.

17 Jan 2018

Split Social Democrats could sink Merkel's coalition plans

BERLIN/DUESSELDORF The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) tried on Tuesday to quash a grassroots rebellion against a blueprint agreed with Angela Merkel's conservatives to enter formal talks on a "grand coalition" which could scupper her plan for a fourth term.

05 Jan 2018

Second time lucky? Merkel starts over with coalition talks

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel, weakened by an election setback in September, launches a second bid to build a coalition government on Sunday when she sits down with the Social Democrats (SPD) for exploratory talks.

03 Jan 2018

Parties optimistic as matchmaker Merkel plans SPD coalition re-run

BERLIN Germany's largest parties expressed optimism about the chances of forming a government after several hours of talks between the leaders of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) she hopes to win as coalition partners.

02 Jan 2018

Vietnamese fugitive detained in Singapore seeks passage to Germany

SINGAPORE/BERLIN A Vietnamese tycoon detained in Singapore is seeking passage to Germany to avoid being sent back home where he could face the death penalty, his lawyers said on Tuesday.

20 Dec 2017

Germany takes political vacuum in its stride, for now

BERLIN Largely unperturbed by Angela Merkel's failure to form a government after a September election, many Germans are taking the prospect of several more months of coalition talks in their stride. | Video

14 Dec 2017

Merkel's conservatives keen, but SPD still coy on German government talks

BERLIN Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives said they were willing to open formal talks on forming a government with Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) - but her chosen partner was expected to take two more days to decide how to proceed.

28 Nov 2017

Pro-refugee German mayor stabbed in suspected political attack

BERLIN The mayor of a small town in western Germany known for pursuing liberal migrant policies was stabbed in the neck at a kebab shop on Monday evening and seriously hurt in an attack that officials suspected was politically motivated.


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