Puigdemont Calls for Renewing Catalonia Independence Talks, Spanish PM Rejects Talks with Him

  • After separatist parties won the semi-autonomous region’s election by a slim margin (by 2 seats) in the parliament of Catalonia, the exiled Catalonian leader (now in Belgium) Carles Puigdemont called for renewing negotiation of Catalan independence in Brussels. Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy reportedly rejected the idea by saying he would hold discussion only with the head of the new government of Catalonia. Rajoy also said that Citizens party is the biggest party in the Catalan parliament after the election and hinted resuming talks with its leader Inés Arrimadas. Citizens party supports the idea of Catalonia remaining in Spain as a semi-autonomous region.