Libya lies in the Maghreb region of northern Africa and borders the Mediterranean Sea. Since 2011 the Country has experienced political instability.
Muammar Gaddafi was one of the conspirators who overthrew the country's king in a military coup in 1969. He in turn was overthrown during the Libyan Civil War of 2011, in which the rebels were supported by NATO. Libya has a population of six million; it's largest city and capital is Tripoli. This is a compilation of DW content on Libya.
Italian officials this week held high level meetings with controversial Libyan warlord, General Khalifa Haftar. He has a stronghold on much of eastern Libya, where militias under his control have been accused of committing war crimes. As Megan Williams reports, Europe - and Italy - seem willing to deal with less than trustworthy players to help keep a lid on a political hot potato at home.
The charity MOAS, which has rescued some 40,000 migrants over the past three years, is to end its current operations off the Libyan coast. Instead it will take aid to the Rohingya who have fled violence in Myanmar.
For several years now European Union countries have been squabbling over how to share responsibility in managing the massive influx of migrants. This week, top EU leaders brought several African heads of state into the discussion to tell them it’s time to do their bit. Jake Cigainero has this report from Paris on the plan that came out of that meeting on how both continents can address migration.
There's been a sharp fall in the number of migrants arriving in Italy. In the first half of August, there were 73% fewer arrivals than the same period last year. Experts say there could be a number of reasons for the drop. Flavio Di Giacomo is spokesperson for the International Organization for Migration, or IOM in Rome. He says one of the reasons is the situation in Libya.