Making the news headlines in Barcelona today are the following stories:
LA VANGUARDIA (Castilian / Catalan)
The Spanish government is making efforts to calm financial markets, with the deputy Prime Minister making a brief trip to the IMF in Washingon, amongst other moves; Artur Mas calls for another conference on the fiscal pact to take place before the parliamentary debate on the matter set for July; The outgoing governor of the Bank of Spain said that he wouldn't respond to questions from members of the Spanish Congress, where he appeared yesterday after announcing his early departure from the position, because of a sense of "responsibility".
EL PERIODICO (Castilian / Catalan)
The Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) has called for an investigation into Bankia and its public rescue, which has cost around €20 billion; Former Bankia executive given €14 million on his retirement has agreed to a different compensation package; The Spanish Olympic Committee has said that it saved €8 million by using an Italian-Russian company to create outfits for atheletes taking part in the London Games.
EL PUNT-AVUI (Catalan)
The Spanish Treasury minister, Cristóbal Montoro, has said that he wants to comply with the financial terms of the Catalan statute, but that there is no available money to do so; The crisis is having an impact on many night-time venues in Catalunya, with turnover at clubs and discos falling in the past three years between 20 and 50 percent for many businesses.