The EU had planned to open a new chapter, or policy area, in talks with Turkey on Wednesday, reviving the Turkish membership bid that has been virtually frozen for three years.
But Germany, backed by several other states, blocked the plan, believing it would send the wrong signal so soon after police cracked down on protesters in Turkish cities.
EU governments on Tuesday backed a German-inspired proposal, agreeing to open the new chapter but delaying the formal launch of the talks until after an Oct. 9 report by the European Commission on reforms and human rights in Turkey. EU governments will meet again after the report comes out to set a date for talks on the new chapter.
Delays in Turkeys EU entry discussions fan doubts about whether Turkey, a largely Muslim country of 76 million people, will ever be admitted to the European club.