The following stories are making the news headlines in Barcelona:
LA VANGUARDIA (Castilian / Catalan)
Barça player David Villa is en route to Barcelona from Japan to undergo an operation on his leg, which he broke during yesterday's World Club Championships semi-final; Zapatero to preside over his last cabinet meeting as prime minister today; Catalan town councils will cut their public works budgets by €150 million next year.
EL PERIÓDICO (Castilian / Catalan)
Spanish Congress has decided not to let the Basque party Amaiur have its own parliamentary group; Outgoing Spanish economics minister Elena Salgado has advanced December payments to the autonomous communities so they can cover Christmas pay to civil servants; Accused in Valencia corruption case denies ever having given suits to ex-president Francisco Camps.
EL PUNT-AVUI (Catalan)
The Generalitat is planning to delay payments to providers and postpone the payment of 20 percent of Christmas payments to civil servants due to a lack of funds; Catalan Socialist Party makes effort to try and avoid divisions in this weekend's congress to choose new leadership.