Making the headlines in Barcelona today are the following stories:
LA VANGUARDIA (Castilian / Catalan)
As part of the efforts by public administrations, both local and national, to cut their budget deficits, the IBI property tax is due to rise by four percent in Barcelona this year, an historically large increase; The ratings agency Moody's has downgraded the community of Valencia and is threatening the rating of Catalunya and other Spanish communities; Spanish bank Banesto has seen its profits fall by 73 percent as a result of the end of the property boom.
EL PERIODICO (Castilian / Catalan)
Catalan president Artur Mas is travelling to Madrid today to visit new Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy for their first official meeting, in which Mas will be defending the self-government of Catalunya; Catalan prison workers are staging protests for the second day in a row at the headquarters of the prison service; The Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) has vetoed the planned face-to-face debate between its two leadership candidates, Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba and Carme Chacón.
EL PUNT-AVUI (Catalan)
The Spanish government wants to freeze payments to those autonomous communities that don't meet their obligations regarding cutting budget deficits; Espanyol classifies for the quarter-final of the Copa del Rey thanks to a hat-trick by Álvaro Vázquez, including the 88th-minute winner, giving the team a 4-2 victory (5-4 on aggregate).