Making the news headlines today in Barcelona are the following stories:
LA VANGUARDIA (Castilian / Catalan)
The Generalitat is to ask the Spanish government for an increase in the limit of its budget deficit, by 1.7 percent for 2012 — Mariano Rajoy's government said yesterday it was going to be firm regarding the deficits allowed to the autonomous communities; FC Barcelona seeking explanation from Spanish Football Federation following comments by president of referee association regarding explusion of Gerard Piqué in Saturday night's match; Fall in sales sees clothes company Mango forced to reduce its prices by 20 percent.
EL PERIODICO (Castilian / Catalan)
Barcelona's '21st-century shanty-towns' are to be found in the technology district of @22 in the Poble Sec neighbourhood; Brussels threatens punishment for Spain in light of Mariano Rajoy's proposed defiance of the budget deficit set for the country by rules of the EU; Spain also defies EU over reduction of mobile phone tariffs by pushing back the price change.
EL PUNT-AVUI (Catalan)
Generalitat wants Rajoy to cede control of El Prat airport in maximum term of one year; All the Catalan parties, except the Partido Popular, believe that the employment reform is a threat to the Catalan Statute.