Making the news headlines in Barcelona today are the following stories:
LA VANGUARDIA (Castilian / Catalan)
Mariano Rajoy to outlaw business cash transactions of more than €2,500 as a way to combat fraud - it is part of an anti-fraud plan that is due to be approved by the Spanish cabinet on Friday; FC Barcelona are now just one point behind league leaders Real Madrid (although the latter have a game in hand), following their 4-0 win over Getafe at the Camp Nou last night, the team's 10th consecutive victory; Just over half, 56 percent, of those who took part in the referendum on whether to build a marijuana plantation in the Catalan town of Rasquera voted yes - the town's council has backed down on pledge to resign en masse if they didn't get a 75 percent approval for the plan, with the mayor saying such a move would be "irresponsible".
EL PERIODICO (Castilian / Catalan)
The Financial Times newspaper publishes a story today that experts believe it ever more likely that Spain will require a financial bail-out, similar to that received by Greece, Ireland and Portugal; Madrid public transport costs rise by an average of 11 percent although a 10-journey bus ticket will go up by 29 percent; Three-quarters of Barcelona shops are offering 'anti-crisis' discounts.
EL PUNT-AVUI (Catalan)
The president of the community of Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre, has said that Spain's regional parliaments should be eliminated and power over health, education and justice transferred to the central government; On-line commerce grows in Spain, with a rise in internet business in 2011 of 30 percent.