Making the news headlines in Barcelona today are the following stories:
LA VANGUARDIA (Castilian / Catalan)
The European Commission is to send a delegation to Spain to check up on its deficit - Spanish prime minister Rajoy says he is aiming for a 5.8 percent deficit this year, whereas Brussels says it has to be 4.4 percent; Spanish justice minister Alberto Ruiz Gallardón to introduce a more restrictive abortion law; Forest fires in the Pyrenees of Lleida and Huesca have now affected 1,500 hectares of land, with more than 250 firefighters working last night to put them out.
EL PERIODICO (Castilian / Catalan)
Praise for Leo Messi pours in from around the world following his historic five-goal haul in Wednesday's Champions League match; Spanish cabinet to approve new law that will stop some families from being evicted from their homes if they cannot repay their mortgage; Trade unions to decide today whether to call a general strike for March 29th.
EL PUNT-AVUI (Catalan)
Catalan high court (TJSC) has upheld arguments from Generalitat in support of its 'immersion' language teaching model in public schools, where Catalan is the sole teaching language; Generalitat and Diputacions reach agreement to make payments up to €351 million to town councils, but another €400 million is needed.