Obama: EU problem-solving like dealing with Congress


President Barack Obama is likening the difficulty in resolving problems in the European Union to the challenges of dealing with Congress.

Obama is holding a joint news conference in Athens with Greece’s prime minister. He says Congress is hard to deal with, but dealing with multiple parliaments and commissions and other entities is “very complicated.”

He says many European leaders have inherited problems and are trying to identify how to resolve them. A number of EU countries are considering their future membership in the bloc.

Obama says the US has urged European countries to resolve banking problems quickly so other solutions can follow. He says that's more complicated because not all countries use the euro currency.