Making the news headlines in Barcelona today are the following stories:
LA VANGUARDIA (Castilian / Catalan)
The number of people registered as unemployed in Spain fell in May by over 30,000— this is the second month in a row that the number has dropped; Shop-owners re-open debate about the possibility of opening on Sundays - an increasing number are voicing their support for a liberalisation of timetables, giving businesses the choice about when to open; The Spanish economics minister has told Catalunya Caixa that it will retain its independence, even if an auction to sell it off fails.
EL PERIODICO (Castilian / Catalan)
European banks turned off credit to their Spanish counterparts last year, and withdrawing more than €52 billion from them; The Partido Popular has distanced itself from the declarations of its foreign affairs spokesman in the Congress regarding the economic situation in Spain - they say that the words of José María Beneyto were a personal opinion and the country is not in a critical state; From tomorrow, coaches will not be able to park in the immediate vicinity of the Sagrada Familia.
EL PUNT-AVUI (Catalan)
Concerns over the state of Spanish banks has led to a rise in the sale of safes for people's homes - the number of strong boxes bought in recent times has risen by 20 percent; Spanish state withdraws 85 percent of its promised investment in roads in the Pyrenees for this year - instead of a planned €40 million, it will only spend €6 million in the region.