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    EU rebukes Turkey on crackdown by delaying entry talks

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    The European Union has rebuked Turkey for its crackdown on anti-government protesters, postponing a new round of membership talks for at least four months, but said the path to the EU remained open. Tuesday's desicion by the EU, discussed in advance with Turkey, drew a mild response from Ankara and avoided a crisis in their relations. The EU had planned to open a new chapter in talks with Turkey on Wednesday, reviving its bid to join the bloc, which has been virtually frozen for three years. But Germany, backed by Austria and the Netherlands, blocked the plan, saying it would send the wrong signal so soon after police cracked down on protesters in Turkish cities. Al Jazeera's Nick Spicer reports.