Making the news headlines in Barcelona today are the following stories:
LA VANGUARDIA (Castilian / Catalan)
The Spanish cabinet is today due to approve the reform of various environmental laws, including those dealing with water, recycling and the protection of natural spaces - it will also consider the part privatisation of certain train lines (El Periodico link); FC Barcelona's basketball team defeat rivals Real Madrid and gain top spot in the Spanish league; Argentinian parliament has approved the nationalisation of Spanish oil company YPF.
EL PERIODICO (Castilian / Catalan)
The registered number of unemployed people fell in Spain in April by 6,632, following eight months of growth - however, in April 2011, the number fell by more than 60,000; Catalan president Artur Mas calls on EU to introduce measures to help speed up growth, rather than always insisting on cuts; Alert for chemical leak in Barcelona port is called off.
EL PUNT-AVUI (Catalan)
The European Central Bank has called on Spain to introduce even further measures to help economy, including fiscal and banking reform; In face of growing protest movement, the Catalan parliament has proposed the creation of a rescue fund for motorway toll system.