Clashes at Hong Kong Polytechnic University prompted calls in Brussels for restraint, but diplomats say the EU is reluctant to act more decisively. Photo: Sam Tsang

Europe reluctant to do more about Hong Kong for fear of Beijing’s reaction, say diplomats

  • So far the EU has limited itself to calls for restraint and ‘political support’ but it is not expected to follow the US lead by implementing specific measures
  • One diplomat said ‘at the end of the day, I fear that the economic relationship is just too important’
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Clashes at Hong Kong Polytechnic University prompted calls in Brussels for restraint, but diplomats say the EU is reluctant to act more decisively. Photo: Sam Tsang
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Chaotic exchanges in Hong Kong between police and protesters have added to concerns that Sunday’s elections could be postponed. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hong Kong’s district council elections must proceed as planned, European Union urges

  • Ruling out a delay would ‘send an important signal about democratic rights under the Basic Law’, 28-nation bloc says
  • Amid siege at university, EU also calls for de-escalation by all sides, police action to remain ‘proportionate’, and a comprehensive inquiry
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Chaotic exchanges in Hong Kong between police and protesters have added to concerns that Sunday’s elections could be postponed. Photo: Sam Tsang
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