Making the news headlines in Barcelona today are the following stories:
LA VANGUARDIA (Castilian / Catalan)
Unemployment in Spain has fallen for the third consecutive month, with a drop in June of almost 100,000 people; however, on an year-to-year basis, unemployment has risen by close to 500,000—read story here; Catalan Socialist Party says that they are not in favour of joint movements regarding the proposed new fiscal pact, following call from ERC for unified front—read story here; Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy says that it is time to put the "foot on the accelerator" as he plans new reforms to deal with spending deficit—read story here.
EL PERIODICO (Castilian / Catalan)
A helicopter pilot has been killed while involved in efforts to put out fires in the Valencian Community, while two others in another helicopter were injured following a separate incident—read story here; Mariano Rajoy has called on the autonomous communities to do more to help deal with financial problems—read story here; FC Barcelona and Spain midfielder Andrés Iniesta has been named the best player at this year's Euro 2012 championships—read story here.
EL PUNT-AVUI (Catalan)
The Spanish government is to make shops open on at least 10 holiday days during the year; it also says that Barcelona should designate certain areas as 'heavy tourist areas', which means that shops would have freedom to decide their own opening times—read story here; Trade union CCOO says that it is in favour of a new financial system for Catalunya, including the creation of its own treasury, as a way to end fiscal deficit for the region—read story here.