The Director General of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, affirms today that the Spanish government is taking "very, very valiant measures" to deal with the crisis in Spain and to reduce the Spanish deficit. In an interview Lagarde stated, "It is a process that countries have to go through in order to recuperate their situation and begin to grow." (read story here). The government has invested 35% of its budget in Catalonia in comparison to 111% in Madrid (read story here). Leonard Cohen arrives in Barcelona in top form to perform at the Palau Sant Jordi tonight (read story here).
Football Club Barcelona defeats Benfica but looses Pujol to a wrist injury (read story here). The minister of education, José Ingacio Wert, says he is "strongly inclined" to guarantee the right to study in Castellano and relates a growing sentiment towards independence with the system of education (read story here).The police arrest a man accused of committing a minimum of 21 robberies in Barcelona, including entering hotel rooms in the city centre while occupants were sleeping (read story here).
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Àngel Sala, director of the Sitges Film Festival says of this year's festival, "We're playing with the idea of the Apocalypse but with a touch of irony." The 2012 festival marks the 45th addition and, despite a reduced budget, will offer 256 films (read story here)