Making the news headlines in Barcelona today are the following stories:
LA VANGUARDIA (Castilian / Catalan)
Germany has voiced its support for a specific rescue for troubled Spanish banks, with funds to be given to the FROB (Fondo de Reestructuración Ordenada Bancaria), which would then aportion them as it deemed appropriate; Various entities, including Deutsche Bank, have started to buy up land earmarked for the so-called 'Eurovegas' project in the Parc Agrari del Baix Llobregat; The new governor of the Bank of Spain looks likely to be Luis Linde (favourite of Spanish economy minister Luis de Guindos), although no one in the government or opposition (who make the decision) will yet confirm his appointment.
EL PERIODICO (Castilian / Catalan)
The Spanish prosecutor's office is studying the possibility of investigating the founding of Bankia (created by the merger of six banks and savings-banks) to discover whether they were criminal actions during its setting-up; The 15-M movement has managed, in 24 hours, to raise the €15,000 it needs to take legal action against former Bankia president Rodrigo Rato; Poverty in Barcelona has started to create fractures in social make-up.
EL PUNT--AVUI (Catalan)
The leaders of various autonomous communities have come into conflict over the proposed building of two different train-lines in Spain, one along the Mediterranean coast and one through the centre of the country; University students in Catalunya pay 21 percent of the cost of their course, an amount significantly higher than the 15 percent estimated by the Generalitat.