The CiU y ERC closed the definitive agreement for the new government between 3am and 4am this morning, after the discussion and negotiation of budget issues (read story here). Thousands of people took to the streets of Barcelona last night to protest in defense of public education in Catalunya, as 60 other Spanish cities hold demonstrations against the Wert reforms (read story here). An extensive new study shows that more people die of obesity than of hunger and malnutrition, which has been compared to a similar study from 20 years ago when the number one cause of death was malnutrition (read story here).
New figures show that house prices in Spain fell 15.2% in the third quarter of this year, the biggest drop since the beginning of the crisis (read story here). Deputy Mayor Joaquim Forn has assured that the the recent Montjuïc circuit accident which left two seriously injured was not the result of a lack of safety measures, as the circuit had passed four safety tests (read story here). At the most recent European Union summit in Brussels, plans for a euro-zone anti-crisis fund have been postponed indefinitely after opposition from the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, Holland and Finland among others (read story here).
Those with chronic health issues will now be required to pay at least part of the transportation cost for non-emergency medical care when using ambulance services. Patients will now pay 20, 40 or 120 Euros a year for the service, with the price depending on their yearly income (read story here).