Making the news headlines in Barcelona today are the following stories:
LA VANGUARDIA (Castilian / Catalan)
The Spanish government will today approve the latest round of spending cuts, €10 billion from education and health budgets; Speaking in Colombia, Spanish prime minister has said that there is no money to pay for public services and called on Spaniards to make a "small effort"; Countdown to FC Barcelona-Madrid match at the Camp Nou tomorrow night, a ground where José Mourinho has never been able to win despite managing three different teams that have played there.
EL PERIODICO (Castilian / Catalan)
The Generalitat is to stick to its plans to introduce a €1-charge for prescriptions, despite news that the Spanish government is also considering a similar scheme, meaning Catalans will have to pay two fees for medications; Spanish and Catalan governments are in negotiation over the massive policing operation necessary to cope with the Summit of the Board of the European Central Bank taking place in Barcelona on May 3rd; Spanish king takes up his official agenda once more following accident suffered while hunting in Botswana.
EL PUNT-AVUI (Catalan)
Catalan parties CiU and ERC see eye-to-eye on proposal for new fiscal agreement with Spanish government; Use of medications grows by 25 percent after retirement in Catalunya, according to new study by Universitat Pompeu Fabra.