Following two failed attempts in the past, the Generalitat has launched yet another campaign to persuade the Spanish government to allow regional identification on car licence-plates; that is to say that cars registered in Catalunya would show the letters CAT on the right-hand side of car number-plates, with the E for España still showing on the left (article in Catalan, Avui). Such a policy already exists in various other European countries, including France, Switzerland and Italy, but back in 2000, then Prime Minister, José María Aznar refused to allow the use of these plates in Spain and prohibited the display of regional identification. Another attempt was made by former Catalan president Pasqual Maragall in 2004, but José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero stuck to the policy of his predecessor.
The weekend was full of promise for FC Barcelona: if Madrid lost away to Valencia on Saturday evening, victory for the azulgranas against Villarreal at the Camp Nou would see them declared winners of the league for this season. Madrid duly went down 3-0 against Valencia and the scene was set for a huge party; if successful, it would be the first time in 11 years that the team won the league at their home stadium. Unfortunately, nothing is ever that straightforward. Barcelona took the lead, but Villarreal, chasing a spot in next year's Champions League, were as determined as the Catalans against Chelsea last week. And they kept coming back, right up to the 92nd minute, when the visitors scored to bring the final result to 3-3. The party had started, but came to a sudden halt. The disappointment was significantly enhanced by news that hero Andrés Iniesta had been injured in his right leg and will definitely miss this Wednesday's Copa del Rei final and is doubtful for the Champions League final on May 27th. Match report: El Periodico (in Castilian)
The problems being suffered by the Spanish industrial sector as a result of the financial crisis saw demand for electricity in the country fall by 13 percent in April (in Castilian, La Vanguardia). This was the sixth month in a row that electricity consumption has fallen here; and in April 2008, demand actually rose by over five percent. In contrast, homes and service companies have tended to remain constant in their use of electricity.