Published Thursday, July 10, 2014 | 1:55 a.m.
Updated Thursday, July 10, 2014 | 1:55 a.m.
BERLIN (AP) — A European Union court has ruled that Germany can't require the spouses of Turkish immigrants to show basic knowledge of the German language as a condition for being granted a visa.
Since 2007, Berlin has required spouses of long-term immigrants from outside the EU wanting to join their partners in Germany to take a language test.
The European Court of Justice ruled Thursday that, in the case of Turkish immigrants, the requirement clashes with an EU-Turkey accord from the early 1970s that prohibited "the introduction of new restrictions on the freedom of establishment."
The court ruled after considering the case of a Turkish woman refused a visa to join her husband, a businessman who has lived in Germany since 1998, because she didn't know the language well enough.