Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont demanded that Spain recognise the result of the regional elections in Catalonia, following a slim victory for secessionist parties, in a televised address from Brussels on Saturday. “I want to emphasise that the Spanish government has before it a new opportunity of behaving like the European democracy it claims to be and, in doing so, recognise the result... Еще of the elections on December 21 and begin the process of negotiating politically with the legitimate government of Catalonia”, said Puigdemont. The ex-president used the traditional end of year address broadcast on Television de Catalunya to focus on the prospects of an independent Catalan state. Puigdemont has called for fresh talks in Brussels or another EU country with the Spanish government. Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has insisted that he would only hold talks with any future leader of the Catalan government in Catalonia itself. Puigdemont fled to Belgium in November, where he remains in a self-imposed exile.