The Mediterranean is a sea bordered to the north by Europe, the east by Asia and the south by Africa. It is linked with the Atlantic Ocean by the Strait of Gilbraltar.
Because of its location between three continents, the Mediterranean played an important historical role in trade, war and cultural exchange in the region. In the 21st century, it has often been a route for African, Middle Eastern and Asian migrants and refugees wanting to reach Europe. This is an automatic compilation of DW content on the Mediterranean.
Tensions have re-emerged with a vengeance between historic rivals Turkey and Greece. The warships of each country have been facing off against each other in the Aegean and Mediterranean. And two Greek soldiers are being held by Turkey on espionage charges. Athens claims they’ve been taken hostage. So are these developments simply posturing or something more ominous? Dorian Jones reports.
Thousands of illegal migrants drown every year in the attempt to reach Europe by boat. Some of the corpses are being washed ashore in Zarzys on the Tunisian south coast, which is about 50 kilometers from the Libyan border. Sarah Mersch met a man who is trying to pay them respect by burying them. Even though in most cases, he never even knows their names.