In the news headlines from Barcelona today are the following stories:
LA VANGUARDIA (Castilian / Catalan)
Unemployment in Spain rose again in November, with an increase of 59,536 to reach a new total of 4,420,462; Some 900,000 cars are expected to leave the Barcelona area during next week's public holiday period; Spain still doesn't have a rational working timetable compared to other European countries, and there is an inverse relationship between productivity and the number of hours worked here.
EL PERIÓDICO (Castilian / Catalan)
Catalan president Artur Mas last night admitted that it will be "very difficult" to reach an agreement with trade unions regarding the cuts to public services; The Generalitat calculates a saving of €860 million as a result of cuts to civil servants' salaries and additional benefits; Bank of Spain governor doesn't deny that a "bad bank" will have to be created, as a way to deal with the bad assets of financial entities.
EL PUNT-AVUI (Catalan)
Spanish prime minister-elect Mariano Rajoy gives no ground and says that further austerity measures on the part of autonomous communities will be necessary; The cost of Spanish sovereign debt falls to its lowest level in a month.