EU and China clash over Macau election ban

The European Union has criticised China over its decision to bar more than 20 candidates from standing for election in Macau.On Saturday the top court in the former Portuguese colony, now a special administrative region (SAR) of China, rejected an appeal against the decision that barred 21 opposition candidates from running in September’s legislative election.Following the ruling, the EU issued a two-paragraph statement that described the decision as “a detrimental step that runs counter to the…