Catalan universities have called for a day of strikes this Thursday in protest of tuition fee rises which would see increases of 66% (read story here). Soraya Rodríguez, spokesperson for the socialist party, reacts to Culture minister José Ignacio Wert's comments about instilling Spanish values in Catalan students (read story here). The Nobel Prize for Literature will be announced today with Japanese writer Haruki Murakami favourite to win (read story here).
New figures show that 2 out of every ten Catalans are at risk of poverty, as the average household income falls to below €30,000 (read story here). The United States Anti-Doping Agency reports that throughout his career Lance Armstrong used the most sophisticated form of doping they had ever witnessed, as 26 former cyclists testify against him (read story here). The recent change in weather has reduced the pollution problem in Barcelona, allowing the Catalan Traffic Service to discontinue the temporary maximum speed limits (read story here).
Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy and French president François Hollande announced yesterday in a meeting in Paris that as of April 2013 service will be availabe on the TAV high-speed train between Barcelona and Figueres (read story here).