Leo Messi became a living legend in Zurich last night as he was presented with Fifa’s Ballon d'Or for an unprecedented fourth consecutive time (read story here). Amancio Ortega has bought the BBVA headquarters building in Plaça Catalunya. The founder of Inditex has acquired three buildings within one year in Barcelona worth 233 million euros (read story here). The Minister for Territory and Sustainability, Santi Vila, reminds the Catalan Government of the deficiencies in conventional train lines in the region (read story here).
Today sees the official opening of the new AVE line between Barcelona and Figueres. The Prince of Asturias, the Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, and the President of the Generalitat, Artur Mas, will travel on the first train, which leaves Sants station at 11am (read story here). Taxis are on strike at El Prat airport for a second consecutive day. Drivers are protesting against the new shift system that limits the maximum number of working hours (read story here). The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) begins a financial assessment of their accounts to reduce a deficit of 100 million—some degree courses have been merged and assets sold to repay debts (read story here).