Spain is a kingdom located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It also has several small territories on and near the north African coast.
Spain is the fourth largest country in Europe and a member of the European Union, but it also shows significant Arabic influence. Spain is a parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy. It has an Atlantic Ocean as well as a Mediterranean coastline. The Spanish global colonial empire in the 15th century, made Spanish the world's second most spoken first language.
This Easter, the Leon Cathedral will awe many Mass-goers with its powerful organ. Though DW's Cristina Burack knows the cathedral well, discovering the organ was made by Klais Orgelbau in Bonn sparked a hunt for meaning.
Ceuta is in North Africa, yet it belongs to Spain. This makes it — along with the city of Melilla — the only land borders between Europe and Africa, and a magnet for many migrants hoping to reach the EU. Guy Hedgecoe met one such migrant. She says the long journey from Algeria, and the risky wait in Ceuta, are worth it if it means she can have a better life in Spain.
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The cities of Ceuta and Melilla are situated in north Africa but they belong to Spain. This makes them the only land borders between the European and African continents. For that reason, many migrants are drawn to the two cities. Among them are young Moroccans, who leave their families behind and use the cities as bases from which to reach the European mainland. From Ceuta, Guy Hedgecoe reports.
Coral is as an indicator of the state of the waters that surround it. The algae that live on the Polyps are their food source and fish live and breed amongst the reefs. In Gibraltar, a tiny strip of British territory on the southern tip of Spain, experiments to establish Europe's first artificial reefs are underway, hopefully, to encourage fish to breed.