New figures show that only three out of every ten Catalans believe that the potential federalist state of Pere Navarro would solve the current situation (read story here). The USA prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy as Wall Street and the NYC Subway close (see photos here). Publishing companies Penguin and Random House have agreed to merge in the second half of 2013 and become Penguin Random House, which will become one of the biggest English language book publishers in the world (read story here).
Legendary Barcelona FC player Lionel Messi has been named as one of the best players in La Liga's history (read story here). Construction work by the AVE has revealed Barcelona's Villa La Sagrera to have been a powerful agricultural centre for 500 years and four times the size than originally thought (read story here). Albert Rivera, current leader of the Citizen's Party, insists that forcing people to choose between Spain and Catalunya would cause traumatic results (read story here).
Barcelona's subsidised private schools, les escoles concertades, are facing difficult problems due to cuts in education and a drop in the birth rate (read story here)