The Spanish prime minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, has called on the "most powerful" countries in the Euro zone to assume their respsonsibility in the joint monetary project (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). In a press conference yesterday with the president of the European Council Herman Von Rompuy, Zapatero also sent a message of "complete tranquility" regarding the financing of Spanish debt despite the increases in its risk premium this week. The prime minister called on the Euro-zone nations to give a fast and clear solution to the doubts regarding the sustainability of Greek debt, which he said had created "serious" tensions in the financial markets of the Euro zone, adding that there was no data from Spain that justified the rising price of its debt risk premium.
One of the bull runs that took place yesterday in Pamplona as part of the San Fermin celebrations for this year, turned into a rapid and accident-prone event (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). The animals, which came from the El Pilar farm, ran the course in just over two minutes, but the group quickly broke up, with one of the bulls (called Resistón) causing panic as he became separated from the rest and threatened to gore some of the runners (astados) taking part. There were fewer people in this course than general, which meant that the bulls had more space to run and the 'morlacos' in particular, reached high speeds that caused various people to fall. According to the medical services that were in attendance, the speed and aggression of one of the animals, who was also separated from the rest, was the cause of injuries to seven participants, who had to be taken to hospital. Six of these were affected with wounds and one with contusions.
The Catalan government yesterday rejected calls from the organisation Òmnium Cultural to plan an alternative project in the event that the Generalitat's negotiations for a new fiscal agreement with the Spanish government should fail (read article in Catalan here, Avui). Since taking over the Generalitat, the party of Convergència i Unió has repeatedly spurned ideas to create a 'plan B' should the pacte fiscal (tax agreement) not flourish. The spokesman of the Generalitat, Francesc Homs, said after yesterday's meeting with Òmnium that while the government positively valued the initiative of the organisation currently presided over by Muriel Casals, and that it was "interesting" for those outside politics to get involved in such issues, the official line was not to start the talks with Madrid in the belief that they might fail. This is the message that Catalan president Artur Mas has also delivered in the past; Mas has repeatedly insisted that the so-called 'concert econòmic' (the sought-for tax system which would see fewer taxes that are raised in Catalunya leaving the autonomous community—such a system already exists in Navarra and the Basque country) is the first stage of Catalunya's "right to decide" its own financial policies.