King Juan Carlos abdicates
The 76-year old king will relinquish the throne in favour of his son, Prince Felipe, who will be crowned king on June 18th. Apparently the king took the decision in January after a year in which his popularity plummeted after a series of public relation disasters, including a mid-recession elephant hunting trip to Botswana.
Okupas invited to stay for two more years
After four nights of riots and 70 arrests, the mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias, has announced that the okupas of the building Can Vies, which is located in Sants, can stay in the building for 30 more months. The town hall had announced plans to demolish the building after negotiations with the squatters, who had occupied the building for 17 years, had broken down. The squatters have rejected the mayor's offer.
May's employment figures were the most positive since July 2005 with affiliations to Social Security up for the third month in a row. The industries which have seen most growth are tourism, construction and agriculture.
Hot weekend ahead
Temperatures in Catalunya are set to rise this weekend and into next week due to an air mass coming from Africa. Thermometers are expected to reach into the 30s in some inland areas.
War on illegal sellers at the beach
60 police officers will be posted on Barcelona's beaches this summer with the aim of suppressing illegal drinks sellers.
Metro to reach airport
Plans have been announced to extend line 9 of the metro to El Prat airport. The work is expected to be completed before the summer of 2016.
Diagonal works begin
Work has begun on Avenida Diagonal to widen the pavements and relocate the bicycle lane between Francesc Macià and Pg. de Gràcia. The project will cost 12 million euros and will last until February 2015.