Making the news headlines in Barcelona today are the following stories:
LA VANGUARDIA (Castilian / Catalan)
Catalan president Artur Mas has accused the Spanish government of setting a poor example to the autonomous communities with its attitude towards finances; Doctors call for emotional intelligence to be taught in schools, as a way to improve results and end conflict; The Generalitat's interior ministry accuses iman of encouraging the use of violence against women to "correct" their ways.
EL PERIODICO (Castilian / Catalan)
The Spanish Congress has rejected a proposed change to mortgage law (by which the handing over of a flat on which payments can no longer be made would wipe out the overall debt), in a show of support for banks; The payment to change mobile operator remains in place, through an advance deposit, even though it is an illegal fee; The Hotel Arts celebrates its 20th anniversary by inaugurating a 'super-suite', which measures 180m2 and costs €7,000 a day.
EL PUNT-AVUI (Catalan)
Immigrants will have to study 90 hours of Catalan, plus additional courses about local knowledge and employment, to be able to receive their certificate of 'acollida' (arrival); Spanish delegate threatens legal action if national flag not flown from council buildings in Catalunya.