Junts per Catalunya leader and former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont said that «the Catalan republic won» after the final results of the Catalan regional election came in on Thursday, as he spoke from Brussels. «The Spanish state was defeated. Rajoy and his allies have lost; they have received a big slap from the Catalans», claimed Puigdemont. He also said that Europe should now «pay... Еще attention», since «the prescription that Mr. Rajoy told Europe would work has failed. Things are now better for independence than two years ago.» «Catalans won our right to be heard», concluded Puigdemont. With a historic participation of more than 80 percent, Ciutadans were the biggest single parliamentary group, but separatist parties achieved sufficient numbers to be able to form a governing coalition.