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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a critic of Europe’s slow pace of reform, said the European Union now is addressing the issues needed to resolve its problems.

“What will be important, what we’ll be watching for next week and going forward will be the concerted, coordinated action that will actually make these things happen,” Mr. Harper said.

Asked whether he was concerned that Europe’s economic problems could hurt his re-election chances, Mr. Obama instead turned the conversation toward Republican lawmakers in Congress who have blocked most of his $447 billion jobs package.

“The most important thing we can do is something I’ve already talked about — if Congress would act on a jobs plan,” Mr. Obama said.

“We don’t have full control over what happens in Europe or the pace at which things happen in Europe,” he said. “Let’s make sure that we’re doing those things that we do have control over and are good policy anyway.”

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