The Chancellor has issued a warning on the need for the European Union to reform or face economic decline in a speech. He reiterated the Conservatives' vow to renegotiate the terms of Britain's membership, declaring: "We can't go on like this."
It is no secret to anyone who talks to European politicians that they never like hearing lectures from London about how they ought to run their own economies or the EU.
Ironically of course the economic debate in much of Europe is moving in George Osborne's direction, but not really because of him.
The figure he used today that Europe accounts for 7% of the world's population but 50% of the world's welfare spending is a favourite figure of Angela Merkel's in Germany - she is the one that has been lecturing Europe on this.
Since the Tories came to power in the UK they have managed to cut welfare spending by just 0.25%. In that same period the Germans have cut their welfare spending by 3.5%, so you can imagine when they are looking for lectures on this who they are listening to.
The French do know they have a problem. President Hollande said yesterday he wants to bring his economy into line with Germany - he doesn't mention copying Britain.
Chancellor George Osborne has described the EU treaties as "not for for purpose" in a speech on EU reform.
What is becoming clearer as the eurozone integration increases, is we're now at a point where we're stretching the EU institutional architecture to its limits
We risk going beyond what is legally possible or politically sustainable the EU treaties are not for for purpose. They didn't anticipate a European Union where some countries would pursue dramatically deeper integration than others
Rather than face up to truth, those in Brussels are being forced into legal gymnastics as they try to stretch the existing treaties to fit a situation they were not designed for