Making the news headlines in Barcelona today are the following stories:
LA VANGUARDIA (Castilian / Catalan)
Catalan finance minister Andreu Mas-Collell has called again on his Spanish counterpart, Cristóbal Montoro, to pay the €759 million owed by the central government to Catalunya, along with an improved financing system; Spanish savings banks (cajas) are to ask the government to create a special bank to manage the land that they have had amongst their assets since the end of the property boom; Spanish prime minister Rajoy says that he won't raise taxes again, but adds that "nothing is forever".
EL PERIODICO (Castilian / Catalan)
Judge Baltasar Garzón will today appear in court on charges related to his order to listen in on conversations between lawyers and accused in the corruption case 'caso Gürtel'; Spanish health department has accused a German company of obtaining bone marrow donors through illegal means; Roman remains and from the city siege of 1714 have been found beneath the Barcelona church of Sant Just.
EL PUNT-AVUI (Catalan)
More residents left Catalunya than arrived to live here in 2011, according to figures just released by the Spanish Statistics Institute; Catalan president talks of "divorce" from Spain if the pacte fiscal doesn't come to fruition.