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.
Greece welcomed the vessel's departure, saying it would ease tensions over energy exploration rights in the eastern Mediterranean. Turkey has been threatened with EU sanctions for its exploration in the contested waters.
Turkey's Erdogan has called on the European Union to take a neutral stance in Ankara's growing row with Greece. Relations between Ankara and Athens have been strained over energy prospecting in the eastern Mediterranean.
Three people have jumped into the Mediterranean near Malta from a stranded tanker. They were later rescued by the ship's crew, who first picked them up a month ago and have since struggled to find a place to disembark.