Making the news headlines in Barcelona today are the following stories:
LA VANGUARDIA (Castilian / Catalan)
Catalan parties Convergència i Unió and Catalan Socialist Party (PSC) close to reaching an agreement regarding financing plans for Catalunya—read story here; Spanish government exploring ways to reduce its spending on unemployment benefit for its new round of measures to deal with budget deficit—read story here; Barcelona's hotel sector wants city to become focus of big annual celebration for New Year's Eve, as way to boost bookings—read story here.
EL PERIODICO (Castilian / Catalan)
The CEO of Bankia, Francisco Verdú Pons, has resigned following the successful bringing of a legal action against him by the political party Unión, Progreso y Democracia (UPyD), which was accepted yesterday by the Audiencia Nacional—read story here; Catalan president Artur Mas blames Spanish government for cuts made in Catalan spending and asks for more time from the EU to meet their requirements—read story here; Four Catalan police officers to go to prison on torture charges, the first time agents have been punished in this way—read story here.
EL PUNT-AVUI (Catalan)
Social networking system Twitter will be available in the Catalan language from today—read story here; Two buildings have collapsed in separate incidents this morning, one in Tarragona and one in Badalona—read story here.