British Chancellor Heads to Berlin For EU Reform Talks

British Chancellor George Osborne will arrive in Berlin today to drum up support for the U.K.'s plans to reform its membership of the EU.

Ahead of the visit, Osborne described British and German economies as the "beating heart of Europe" and the "engine for growth and jobs," according to the Guardian newspaper.

"Together we make the world's third-largest economy, behind only America and China and, since the crisis ended, we have generated two-thirds of EU growth," he said. "But the future holds challenges for our economies. We must cut debt and boost productivity. To do this, we need a strong EU, fit for today's challenges and working for the benefit of all 28 member states.

"The U.K.'s reform and renegotiation plans aim to achieve this, which is why these talks with key partners in Europe are so important," Osborne continued.

The chancellor will hold talks with Wolfgang Schaeuble—Germany's finance minister—and the vice-chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, on Monday. He will also visit a Siemens factory in Berlin and address an audience of business leaders at the annual BDI conference, the Federation of German Industries.

A spokesperson for the prime minister confirmed last week that a letter outlining the details of David Cameron's plans for reformed EU membership was likely to be sent to the European Council President Donald Tusk in the second week of November. They will then be formally debated for the first time by the EU's 28 leaders at a summit in Brussels that will be held in mid-December.

Cameron's demands are expected to include creating a new red card system to allow national parliaments to scrap unwanted EU directives and demanding that Britain is able to ban EU migrants from claiming in-work benefits for four years.

A YouGov poll conducted in June found that most Germans want Britain to remain a member of the EU and are open to negotiations with the U.K. over a reformed membership. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she wants to keep Britain in the EU, but has also warned that certain EU principles such as freedom of movement are non-negotiable.