Making the news headlines in Barcelona today are the following stories:
LA VANGUARDIA (Castilian / Catalan)
Catalan president Artur Mas has suspended his official duties for two days following the death of his father at the end of a long illness; Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy says that the autonomous community governments will have to make a greater effort next year to enable Spain to meet the terms set by the Brussels Eurogroup regarding the country's budget deficit; Brazil imposes more stringent entry conditions on Spanish passport-holders earlier than expected.
EL PERIODICO (Castilian / Catalan)
Judge says that Iñaki Urdangarin never totally separated himself from the scandal-hit Instituto Noos company; The Catalan writer Teresa Pàmies has died at the age of 92, at the Granada home of her son Antonio; The Generalitat is re-negotiating the contracts for the completion of the L-9 metro line so that it at least reaches Barcelona airport.
EL PUNT-AVUI (Catalan)
The Spanish minister for industry, energy and tourism, José Manuel Soria, has said that the cost of electricity will have to rise to cover the deficit in the sector; The Generalitat has said that it doesn't think Mariano Rajoy will include the €759 million owed to Catalunya by the Spanish government in his first budget, and wants to discuss with the prime minister the possibility of paying the debt in stages.