In the Barcelona news today are the following stories:
LA VANGUARDIA (Castilian / Catalan)
Mariano Rajoy chooses two key allies, Luis de Guindos and Cristóbal Montoro, to take charge of the economy and treasury in his inaugural cabinet; The only Catalan minister choosen by Rajoy is Jorge Fernández Díaz who becomes interior minister; Generalitat deducts income tax from unpaid Christmas pay to civil servants - economy minister apologises for not having given proper notification of the move.
EL PERIODICO (Castilian / Catalan)
Ana Botella, the wife of former Spanish prime minister, becomes the first woman mayor of Madrid following Rajoy's appointment of incumbent Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón as justice minister; New records in Barcelona's tourist numbers mark the sector out as key to the city's economy; FC Barcelona trainer Pep Guardiola calls on his players not to let down their guard in this evening's cup match against L'Hospitalet.
EL PUNT-AVUI (Catalan)
The Generalitat's proposed €1 charge on prescriptions issued through the public health service has provoked doubts and criticisms; Catalans have spent more than €432 million on the Christmas lottery, whose draw is this morning.