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.
Saudi-led coalition forces use German arms in Yemen – France grapples with clerical sex abuse - Finland works to eradicate homelessness - Hungary's new anti-migrant poster campaign raises eyebrows - Greek divers tackle plastic waste in the Mediterranean – Churchgoers in Ukraine face a choice - The world's biggest dog's dinner to protest Brexit – And a clash between youth culture and the Kremlin.
The European Union is waging a war on plastic waste — from single-use items like plastic bags and bottles to the micro-plastics found in cosmetics and detergents. A lot of this plastic ends up in the Mediterranean Sea — which Greek divers are trying to clean up. They're calling themselves the "trash collectors of the sea." Joanna Kakissis reports.
International tensions have been rising in the Mediterranean with the Italian government's zero tolerance response to refugee arrivals just off the country's coasts. Many Italians are also appalled by their government's attitude to this issue and have expressed their solidarity for migrants. A protest is now underway just outside the city of Bologna, this time artistic. Dany Mitzman reports.
Some 200 people have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea since the beginning of the year, trying to reach Europe from North Africa. The Italian government has closed its ports to rescued migrants. As Megan Williams reports from Rome, the country's populist government has found a new culprit for the migrant crisis and Africa's problems: France and the currency it created in Africa in 1945.