"If Spain wants to win this fight in the long term and prevents Catalonia from leaving one day, it should draft a serious plan for strengthening the state".
But Puigdemont fled to Belgium after October's referendum and subsequent declaration of independence and faces arrest the moment he steps foot back on Spanish soil, raising doubts about his ability to ever hold any office again.
"More than two million people are in favour of Catalonia's independence", Puigdemont said, referring to the election results. "It is impossible to find solutions without dialogue".
Rajoy called the snap election after Puigdemont and his followers declared Catalonia's independence in October following a referendum that was deemed illegal by Spanish authorities.
Instead, his own party performed miserably, and the result raises the question of a return to power for Carles Puigdemont, the Catalan president he had deposed. Madrid Government forced the elections in the rogue region by enforcing the Constitution Article 155 but didn't manage to stop the separatist parties from continuing to rule in Barcelona.
Center-right party Ciudadanos (Citizens) candidates and party members celebrate their polls results in the Catalan regional election in Barcelona on December 21, 2017.
Acknowledging that unionist parties failed to win a majority Thursday, Rajoy said the results also underscored the region's diversity.
But asked about Mr Puigdemont's request, he responded: "The person I need to meet is Mrs Arrimadas, who is the one who has won the election".
The centre-right anti-independence party was the night's single biggest victor - taking 37 seats in the region's snap election.
Catalonia's separatist parties won 70 of the 135 seats, compared with 72 last time, with Puigdemont's Junts Per Catalunya (Together for Catalonia) retaining its position as the largest separatist force. Two other pro-independence parties made up the dominant bloc: the left-wing republican ERC party, which collected 32 seats, and the radical, anti-capitalist CUP, which has four seats.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy won't move an inch when it comes to Catalonia.
The prime minister may speak in the afternoon after a meeting of his party, which saw its number of seats in the Catalan parliament slashed from 11 to just three.
Rajoy is weakened; the secessionists kept a majority, but it was reduced and they may have difficulty forming a government; and support for the unionist Ciudadanos has surged, but not enough to catapult them into power. However, past squabbles between them suggest it won't be easy.
Madrid's direct rule over Catalonia is due to expire when a new Catalan government is formed. "As there's a lack of stability here, people who were investing here are going to other cities and other regions", said Rafael Prisco, commercial director in a real estate agent in central Barcelona that deals mostly with foreign clients.
A reminder of their potential legal woes came when a judge investigating them for leading an illegal independence push in October announced he is widening the rebellion and sedition probe to six more Catalan politicians.
"The EU complained that not everyone voted in the referendum [on 1 October] but now everyone has had a chance to vote, we have had a record turnout, so it is only fair that they listen to us", said Raquel Santiago, who works for the Fire Service.
With the count from Thursday's Catalan parliament election nearly complete, separatist parties had secured a slim majority, sending stocks down around 1% on fears that the euro zone's fourth-largest economy will be hurt by tensions with its richest region. The 54-year-old historian wanted Spanish authorities to "sit down to negotiate on a realistic basis".
UN whacks fresh sanctions on North Korea This is the fourth resolution on North Korea in 2017 and the third one toughening the anti-North Korean sanctions during the year. North Korea conducted their most successful intercontinental missile launch in November.
The Fire department is asking the public for help. "I don't want to come back to a home that caught on fire", Fuentes said. No injuries were associated with the fire but one person did get transported to the hospital for medical reasons.
When you look at their team, they are a top-class team and put in a great performance against us and made it really tough. Kane's second in the 69th minute all but wrapped up the points and he completed his treble 11 minutes from time.
Papa John's, which lays claim to being the nation's third-largest pizza chain, could not be reached immediately for comment. Schnatter owns roughly 25% of Papa John's, and will stay on as chairman after stepping down as CEO in January .
Church members and the choir sang Christmas carols and hymns as part of Christmas Eve celebrations from 11 pm. The countrywide political leaders also facilitated the Christian community on the Christmas occasion .
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on 23rd December has announced team for the South African tour. After skipping the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka, Virat Kohli returns to the side.
But it got worse on Saturday when a combination of Texas Tech coach coaches tried to make up for Robinson's departure. Instead, the Bulls took advantage of a 15-yard punt from Dominic Pananzzolo to set themselves up with a short field.
Tiger Zinda Hai is the sequel to Salaman's Blockbuster flick " Ek Tha Tiger " which is directed by Director Kabir Khan. On the second day , it reached Rs 35.30 crore, bringing its total to Rs 69.40 crore.
Now, to counter Jio, Vodafone has announced a new prepaid plan, priced at ₹198, that offers similar benefits. Recently the company also announced to extend its triple cash back offer which was announced last month.
While it certainly looks like the XFL will be getting a second shot, Vince could be doing this exclusively for merchandise rights. A report Friday night on Twitter said an announcement about bringing back the XFL may come next month.
Bitter Cold Expected Over Next Week
Arctic air remains in place next week, that means subzero wind chills each morning, extending into the New Year. The low will be around 2, with wind chill values as low as minus 20 and west wind 17 to 26 miles per hour .
United States deals heavy blow to UN funding
No other country has its embassy for Israel in Jerusalem, though the Czech Republic has said it is considering such a move. Dershowitz said he also believes more countries will decide to move their embassies to Jerusalem following Trump's action.
It looks like Cortland will have a white Christmas after all
Forecasters are predicting wind gusts of up to 45 miles per hour , leading to blowing snow and poor visibility in some areas. Arctic air will sweep into the area in the wake of the snow bringing the city it coldest weather since last December.
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The Feldstein family has confirmed that it will soon be announcing a charity where wellwishers can donate in memorial of Jordan . Feldstein started in management working for ICM and Bill Leopold Management and has managed Maroon 5 since they first formed.
LG to debut new 34-inch 5K monitor at CES
The Thunderbolt 3 port is also very versatile so it allows notebook connections or transmit 4K content with just a single wire. It will have a 98 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color range and will utilise "Nano IPS" to improve image and color quality.