Making the Barcelona news headlines today are the following stories:
LA VANGUARDIA (Castilian / Catalan)
Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has predicted that unemployment will rise here this year and has announced a profound labour reform programme, to be approved by the cabinet on Friday; Government is considering issuing 'hispanobonds' to help raise money for the autonomous communities; FC Barcelona are to face their first 'final' tonight with crucial Copa del Rey semi-final return leg against Valencia at the Camp Nou.
EL PERIODICO (Castilian / Catalan)
The head of Bankia, Rodrigo Rato, has said that there are no talks underway with La Caixa over a possible future merger; The Infanta Cristina has travelled to Barcelona to take part in an event at CosmoCaixa - her trip comes two weeks before her husband Iñaki Urdangarín is due to appear in court on corruption charges and is her first time here since the case came to light; An earthquake of 2.5 on the Richter Scale has been registered in the northern Catalan town of Roses today.
EL PUNT-AVUI (Catalan)
Thousands of people have bid their final respects to the Catalan artist Antoni Tàpies who died on Monday - many visited the Barcelona HQ of his foundation, which had an open day yesterday; more wind and cold temperatures are forecast for today as Catalunya's cold snap continues; the PP and CiU close to reaching agreement regarding application of tourist tax, which will not be introduced until the low season, and exemptions on €1 charge for prescriptions.