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.
Human rights groups have accused Italy of reaching a new low when it comes to its approach to refugees and migrants after allegedly putting pressure on Panama to revoke the flag it granted the Aquarius migrant rescue ship to operate in the Mediterranean. Italy's populist government has passed a controversial anti-migrant decree aimed at immigrants in Italy. Megan Williams has the latest from Rome.