Germany has welcomed all Syrian asylum seekers to remain in the country in a monumental step to try to resolve the refugee crisis in Europe, dismissing a 1990 protocol that stipulates refugees must seek asylum in the first country in which they set foot.

Britain’s The Independent and The Telegraph first reported the move, citing Berlin sources on Monday as saying “Germany will become the member state responsible for processing their claims” as the country’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees confirmed an order suspending the so-called Dublin Protocol.

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Germany welcomes all Syrian asylum seekers, defying EU rules