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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
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.
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.
［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。
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.
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
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.
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.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Philip Hammond is struggling with his Brexit straitjacket. Britain’s chancellor announced giveaways to homebuyers and the health service in his autumn budget. But bleak growth forecasts and the economic drag caused by leaving the European Union severely limit his generosity.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - In Greek mythology, Cerberus was the three-headed dog that prevented the dead from leaving the underworld. Investors in Deutsche Bank will hope its financial namesake’s arrival as a major shareholder in the troubled lender is a more positive omen. But any hopes of reviving a merger with rival Commerzbank, where Cerberus Capital Management already owns 5 percent, rest with bigger beasts – including the German government.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Raising interest rates is typically a sign of economic strength. The Bank of England’s decision to increase official UK borrowing costs for the first time in a decade has a more dismal logic. Governor Mark Carney and his fellow rate-setters have concluded that leaving the European Union will permanently lower Britain’s growth prospects.