Amongst the stories making the news headlines today in Barcelona are the following stories:
LA VANGUARDIA (Castilian / Catalan)
FC Barcelona beat Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu once more last night, with a 1-2 win in the first round of the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey, and despite the defensive and aggressive play by the Madrid side; Generalitat passes its 2012 budget with support of the Partido Popular; February's global mobile congress in Barcelona has seen hotel prices soar due to the lack of rooms available.
EL PERIODICO (Castilian / Catalan)
Thousands of civil servants protested in Barcelona yesterday against the spending cuts of the Generalitat; Isidre Fainé, president of La Caixa, has denied that there are negotiations underway for the savings bank to merge with Bankia; Barcelona mayor Xavier Trias has got rid of Barcelona's carnival parade for this year's carnaval celebrations, but reinstated the masked ball.
EL PUNT-AVUI (Catalan)
The Catalan finance minister, Andreu Mas-Collell has said that Spain should 'expel' Catalunya if the government isn't willing to pay the millions of euros that it owes the Generalitat; Barcelona mayor Xavier Trias is introducing new regulation to ban drinking alcohol in the street from any kind of container, including plastic cups.