Making the news headlines in Barcelona today are the following stories:
LA VANGUARDIA (Castilian / Catalan)
Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has sought to justify the latest spending cuts and tax rises, saying that the government found itself "between a rock and a hard place"—read story here; Generalitat to review proposed toll reductions in light of PP spending cuts—read story here; Judge Baltasar Garzón has criticised the Spanish judicial system for not taking action against country's banks—read story here.
EL PERIODICIO (Castilian / Catalan)
Civil servants who earn less than €1,000 a month will be entitled to receive their Christmas bonus this year—read story here; Spanish king Juan Carlos I will travel to Moscow today, with leaders of nine major companies, in an effort to win contracts to build AVE high-speed train systems in Russia—read story here; The cost of electricity will rise to an average of almost €80 a month due to the VAT increase set for September—read story here.
EL PUNT-AVUI (Catalan)
Figures from 2010 show that Catalunya received less financing per capita from the central government than had been anticipated—read story here; In the first six months of this year, Catalunya saw more residents move away than in the whole of 2011—read story here.