In the Barcelona news headlines today, the following stories appear:
LA VANGUARDIA (Castilian / Catalan)
Spanish economy grinds to a halt and registered no growth in the third quarter of 2011; The Generalitat is selling off 350 schools, police stations and doctors' surgeries in the hope of raising around €400 million; Human tower group from Poble Sec go naked for a fund-raising calendar.
EL PERIODICO (Castilian / Catalan)
Basque terrorist group ETA says that disarmament is on its agenda; The European Commission has warned that Spain is not going to meet its deficit-cutting objectives for 2011 and 2012; In the middle of the current election campaign, the main PP spokeswoman Soraya Sáenz Santamaria gives birth to her first child, a son called Iván—he had been due to be born on the day of the general elections.
EL PUNT-AVUI (Catalan)
The intervention of the European Central Bank has halted the rise in the cost of Spanish and Italian public debt; The first exhumation in the case of the 'stolen babies' has taken place in Barcelona, a baby born in 1982 whose DNA will be checked to see if it matches the mother's; An agreement between the Generalitat and Ryanair regarding the latter's presence at Catalan airports seems imminent, with continuing services at Girona but not Reus expected.