Making the news headlines in Barcelona today are the following stories:
LA VANGUARDIA (Castilian / Catalan)
Generalitat president Artur Mas has put forward a plan for a series of new theme parks alongside the existing Port Aventura park, as an alternative to the Eurovegas casino complex in Barcelona (read story here); European Central Bank will buy sovereign debt from struggling countries, but puts onus on Spanish government to decide what steps it wants to take in asking for help with dealing with financial crisis (read story here); Haberdashery stores have run out of independent Catalunya flags (estelades) in advance of the September 11th celebrations next Tuesday (read story here).
EL PERIODICO (Castilian / Catalan)
German chancellor Angela Merkel has said that she is "impressed" with the rate of reforms being carried out in Spain (read story here); Catalan tennis player David Ferrer has reached the semi-finals of the US open (read story here); Researchers from Catalunya have played a key role in the international human genome project Encode (read story here).
EL PUNT-AVUI (Catalan)
The move towards a new fiscal accord between Catalunya and the Spanish government will take another step today with the creation of a negotiation group made up of representatives of the Generalitat and other parties that want to take part in the talks; however, one of the participants, ERC, has said that the new pact is non-negotiable, while the second biggest Catalan party, the Catalan Socialists, will not be joining the initative (read story here).