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.
Charity rescue ships working to save migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean are facing increasing hostility from Libyan authorities - and from a group of anti-migrant activists who have chartered their own boat in the area. Samantha Early spoke with a young woman working on board one of the NGO boats.
Italian authorities say they've seized a migrant rescue boat used by German NGO "Jugend Rettet" in the Mediterranean. It happened the same day Italy's parliament approved a naval mission to deter migrant arrivals.
Last month a conference aimed at ending Cyprus's frozen conflict collapsed despite the personal intervention of the UN Secretary General. The conference had been billed as the best chance to reunify the Mediterranean island, which has been divided for over 40 years. But despite the setback, people on the island are hopeful there'll be a new chance to find peace. Nathan Morley reports from Nicosia.