Making the news headlines in Barcelona today are the following stories:
LA VANGUARDIA (Castilian / Catalan)
The board of CaixaBank has agreed the take-over of Banca Cívica, a move that makes the bank the biggest in Spain in terms of holdings; Barack Obama has invited Mariano Rajoy to the White House on their first meeting at a summit in South Korea; Catalunya has been listed third in a ranking of places in Europe of scientific excellence.
EL PERIODICO (Castilian / Catalan)
Rush hour metro and bus services will operate a third of their usual capacity in Barcelona during the general strike planned for this Thursday; A suspected sexual attacker has been arrested accused of renting apartments to tourists as a cover to then drug and assault them; Italian prime minister Mario Monti says that his criticisms regarding Spain's "worrying" economic situation were "misunderstood".
EL PUNT-AVUI (Catalan)
The Spanish and Catalan finance ministers, respectively Luis De Guindos and Andreu Mas-Colell, dined together last night to discuss the current economic situation in an informal setting; Campaign underway to stop Samsung España from vetoing the use of Catalan in its mobiles.