Making the news headlines in Barcelona today are the following stories:
LA VANGUARDIA (Castilian / Catalan)
Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has announced the greatest series of austerity measures in the country's history, with tax rises, civil servant pay cuts and budget cuts of around €65 billion—read story here; Catalan finance minister Andreu Mas-Colell has called on Rajoy to compensate the autonomous communities for the rise in VAT from 18 to 21 percent on standard products and services, and from eight to 10 percent on those subject to the reduced rate—read story here; Nine people arrested during protests in support of striking coal miners in Madrid yesterday—read story here.
EL PERIODICO (Castilian / Catalan)
Trade unions have reacted to Rajoy's latest austerity measures with a call to protest action on July 19th—read story here; Spanish stock market reacts negatively to the measures with a one percent fall this morning—read story here; Six people injured in yesterday's Pamplona San Fermin bull run—read story here.
EL PUNT-AVUI (Catalan)
Catalan parties will today gather for a second round of talks in an attempt to reach agreement on the proposal to take to Madrid in the search for a new fiscal accord between the Generalitat and central government—read story here; Fire services are continuing to battle a forest fire in Vilaverd, in the comarca (county) of Conca de Barberà, which has so far burnt 30 hectares of land—read story here.