Making the news headlines in Barcelona today are the following stories:
LA VANGUARDIA (Castilian / Catalan)
The governing PP party has proposed to the opposition PSOE a return to a consensus regarding the Bank of Spain, but Socialist leader Rubalcaba regards such a move as difficult; Multiple accident on AP-7 motorway leads to queues of 21 kilometres this morning; Spanish education minister wants more students to take vocational training (FP) rather than university preparation courses (baccalaureate).
EL PERIODICO (Castilian / Catalan)
The Spanish IBEX stock exchange fell by 1.7 percent on opening this morning, due to the results from the French and Greek general elections; Some public nurseries are to close for three days from tomorrow in protest against spending cuts and in defence of their education model; Barcelona mayor Xavier Trias has said that he thinks it's possible that the viewing platform at the top of the city's Columbus statue won't ever open again, due to defect with lift which necessitated the rescue of six tourists last week.
EL PUNT-AVUI (Catalan)
The price of eggs in Catalunya has risen by up to 103 percent as a result of the introduction of a new animal welfare law in January, which meant a reduction in the number of laying hens here by between 800,000 and one million; Xavier Trias has proposed the construction of public toilets in eight parks in Barcelona.