President Obama has declared New York and New Jersey 'catastrophe zones' as the death toll of hurricane Sandy rises to at least 33 (read story here). The city of Barcelona is met today with metro, taxi and Renfe strikes against salary cuts, as the metro strike will see services run at 33% of its normal capacity (read story here). The vice-president of the European Commision, Vivian Reding, has clarified the Commission's standpoint on the proposed independence of Catalunya (read story here).
FC Barcelona triumphed over Alavés with a score of 3-0 after goals by Villa, Iniesta y Cesc, and progresses easily into the next round of the Copa del Rey (read story here). The leader of the Spanish Socialist Party, Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, speaking before the Spanish Congress of Deputies declares that Spain is paying for belonging to a single currency (read story here). Barcelona's famous La Boqueria market has begun internet sales after the initiative was awarded the best idea of 2011 by the City Council (read story here).
A tax increase on hotels stays will go into effect tomorrow. The increase will effect establishments throughout Catalunya and have been met with protest from members of the sector (read story here).