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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.

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08 Dec 2017

German SPD backs talks with Merkel after impassioned Europe speech

BERLIN Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) voted on Thursday to hold talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on forming a government after their leader made an impassioned plea for a free hand to work for a social "United States of Europe".

07 Dec 2017

Germany's SPD leader to ask rank-and-file to back new government

BERLIN Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) leader will try on Thursday to convince a reluctant party that it has a duty to discuss forming a government under conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel, for the sake of German and European stability.

01 Dec 2017

Germany's Social Democrats refuse to jump into bed with Merkel quickly

BERLIN Germany's Social Democrat (SPD) Foreign Minister said on Thursday that his party would not be quick to agree to another grand coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, as party leaders met with the president in a bid to end political deadlock.

30 Nov 2017

China, U.S. at odds over steel overcapacity at G20 forum

BERLIN/LONDON China and the U.S. remained at odds on Thursday over how to combat excess capacity in the global steel sector, trading barbs at the conclusion of a ministerial level G20 industry summit in Berlin.

30 Nov 2017

UPDATE 1-China, U.S. at odds over steel overcapacity at G20 forum

BERLIN/LONDON, Nov 30 China and the U.S. remained at odds on Thursday over how to combat excess capacity in the global steel sector, trading barbs at the conclusion of a ministerial level G20 industry summit in Berlin.

27 Nov 2017

Merkel presses cautious SPD over joining new German coalition

BERLIN Chancellor Angela Merkel piled pressure on Monday on the Social Democrats (SPD) to rejoin a "grand coalition" with her conservatives, arguing that the European Union and the wider world urgently needed a stable German government in place.

25 Nov 2017

German SPD considers propping up Merkel, but only if members agree

BERLIN Germany's Social Democrats agreed on Friday, under intense pressure, to hold talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel on renewing their outgoing coalition government, but pledged that party members would have the final say on any deal.

06 Nov 2017

Germany's awkward partners start renewed coalition push

BERLIN, Nov 6 The parties seeking to form Germany's next government begin a fresh round of talks on Monday, hoping that a sharper focus on policy detail will reinvigorate negotiations that have barely inched forward since a national election in September.

21 Oct 2017

Matchmaker Merkel seeks awkward three-way embrace

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened what promised to be marathon coalition talks on Friday, hoping to bring three opposing political camps into a stable government despite signs there would be less money to paper over differences.

06 Oct 2017

Between Berlin and Bavaria: Merkel's uneasy allies

WEGSCHEID, Germany Two years ago, Wegscheid was on the front lines of Europe's refugee crisis. When Germany voted last week, the village, like many along the Austrian border, swung hard to the far right, straining Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative alliance.

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