Making the news headlines in Barcelona today are the following stories:
LA VANGUARDIA (Castilian / Catalan)
Bolivia has nationalised the local arm of the Spanish company Red Electrica de España, but Spanish government (which owns 20 percent of company's capital and is its main shareholder) says parallels shouldn't be drawn with recent Argentine nationalisation of YPF; Spanish education minister, José Ignacio Wert, forecasts a loss of jobs amongst teachers of at least 20,000, to be applied from the next school year; Spanish government moves forward with plans to liberalise certain aspects of public service sector.
EL PERIODICO (Castilian / Catalan)
European Central Bank holds meeting in Barcelona this week, with focus on the EU's banking sector; Six tourists have to be rescued from top of Columbus statue at bottom of La Rambla, as the lift in landmark suffers technical fault - read about visiting the Columbus statue, on a normal day, in our report here; Guardiola says that his successor, Tito Vilanova, has played a key part in the recent successes of the club - you can discover more about this story from our sports blogger, Max Bentley, here.
EL PUNT-AVUI (Catalan)
Thousands of drivers refused to pay tolls on Catalan highways and motorways yesterday, as part of a concerted day of protest at continuing obligatory payments; Traditional May Day demonstration focused this year on spending cuts and labour reform of Spanish government.