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.
The migrant rescue ship Aquarius was at the center of the EU migrant debate this week. The vessel had been in limbo for 4 days after picking up 141 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Europe. Six EU member states finally struck a deal to disembark and distribute the migrants. NGOs say it's time for permanent EU-wide policies on migrants. Jake Cigainero reports from Paris.