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David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have agreed to work together to make the EU more competitive and flexible, Downing Street said today.
Following talks at Ms Merkel's guest residence at Schloss Meseberg, Number 10 said the leaders also agreed that the union should be prepared to make an "ambitious offer" in trade talks with the US.
The Prime Minister used his overnight stay in the Brandenburg countryside to set out his plans to renegotiate Britain's relationship with Europe, but the Downing Street statement offered no clue as to how they were received.
Ms Merkel is anxious that Britain should remain in the EU and has made no secret of her concerns about Mr Cameron's plan to stage a referendum on continuing membership if the Conservatives win the next General Election in 2015.
The Prime Minister and German Chancellor Merkel held talks this morning with their respective teams at the Chancellor's guest residence in Meseberg.
A Downing Street spokesperson said:
"On the EU, the PM set out his approach to European reform, following on from his speech in January. They agreed on the urgent need to make Europe more competitive and flexible and talked about ways to achieve this.
"They both want to see faster progress on trade deals between the EU and the rest of the world. And they agreed that the EU should be prepared to put an ambitious offer on the table for EU-US negotiations which we want to get underway this summer."
David Cameron has arrived in Berlin to discuss European reform with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The Prime Minister will meet the German Chancellor Angela Merkel later today to push for his demands for reforms of the European Union.
Earlier this week, Mr Cameron said he was "sure" there would be treaty change in Europe.
"I'm absolutely convinced that there will be the need to reopen at some stage these treaties, not least to solve the problem of the eurozone".
Mr Cameron was also due to meet French President Francois Hollande on Monday but pulled out of the meeting, following the death of Baroness Thatcher.
Today, he will make his first official visit to Madrid for bilateral talks with Spain's prime minister Mariano Rajoy before travelling to Paris for a working dinner with French president Francois Hollande.
He will also meet with German chancellor Angela Merkel later this week.
In a statement in newspapers in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Poland, he said:
The Prime Minister has insisted he is "sure" there will be treaty change in Europe ahead of a series of talks with EU leaders.
David Cameron is facing resistance from France and Germany over his plans to create fresh EU agreements ahead of his plan to stage an in/out referendum by 2017.
In his keynote speech on Britain's future in Europe earlier this year, Mr Cameron argued a new settlement was needed before voters were asked if they wanted to end ties with Brussels and suggested some reforms would need treaty change.
Ahead of talks with French president Francois Hollande and German chancellor Angela Merkel, he told reporters three treaties had been put forward and "I'm sure there will be treaty change".