La Vanguardia (Spanish/Catalan)
Spokesman for the Catalan Government, Francesc Homs, announces the possibility of early elections, saying either, "we stay as we are" or elections are called with the aim of introducing parlamentary measures for an independent Catalan state. (read story here). Phantom video camera mounted in the Plaça Catalunya has been disactiviated by the town council, after being reported to the Catalan Authority of Data Protection. (read story here) Physicist Lluís Torner will lead this years prayer to open the festival of la Mercè. (read story here).
The New York Times says Rajoy "has failed" in an attempt to find a solution to the countries "principle domestic problem". Meanwhile, the Financial Times predicts an escalation in the conflict between Catalonia and Spain and The Economist warns that independence is not the solution. (read story here). Bicing will remove three-hundred bicycles from Barcelona stations due to a lack of replacement parts. (read story here). Thieves pull off early morning jewel heist in the Hotel Arts. (read story here)
The number of unemployed in Spain aged 55 years and older is four times higher as a result of the current economic crisis. Current figures show the percentage of unemployed for more than one year at close to three million, with almost a half-million in the 55 years and older bracket. (read story here)