Making the news headlines in Barcelona today are the following stories:
LA VANGUARDIA (Castilian / Catalan)
Catalunya has requested aid from the central Spanish government to help it pay its debts—read story here; The cost of Spanish sovereign debt has broken yet more records, reaching up to 645 points above that of German debt—read story here; FC Barcelona has played its first match with Tito Vilanova as trainer, with a 1-2 victory over Hamburg—read story here.
EL PERIODICO (Castilian / Catalan)
Criticism has emerged about a supposed lack of coordination and resources in the fight against the fire in Alt Empordà, which was finally brought under control yesterday after burning around 14,000 hectares—read story here; Forty Catalan cultural associations yesterday voiced their joint opposition to the rise in VAT that will apply to many tickets for cultural activities from September—read story here; Five officers of the Catalan police force (mossos d'esquadrà) have had their sentences confirmed by the Audiencia de Barcelona—read story here.
EL PUNT-AVUI (Catalan)
Three Catalan parties (CiU, ERC and ICV) have reached agreement on a proposal for a new fiscal accord with Madrid, and are hoping to bring the Catalan Socialist Party (PSC) on board with their plans—read story here; Three public hospitals in Catalunya have warned that they are unable to pay staff salaries due to a lack of funds that they are owed by the Generalitat—read story here.