# Mediterranean

An asylum seeker is waiting to take a ferry from the port of Mitilini to Athens in Greece. Photo: Socrates Baltagiannis/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++
An asylum seeker is waiting to take a fe […]

EU Commission’s long-awaited migration reform plan expected September

The European Union has confirmed that an "EU migration and asylum pact" will be proposed to the 27 member states by autumn, in order to reach an agreement regarding the asylum and migrants allocation within the EU.
Some of the 67 migrants rescued by members of French NGO SOS Mediterranee chartered-boat Ocean Viking off the coast of Lampedusa island are helped off a speedboat on June 25, 2020. Photo: Shahzad Abdul / AFP
Some of the 67 migrants rescued by membe […]

‘I’m going to jump’: tensions on Ocean Viking migrant rescue ship

After over a week at sea, tensions are running high on the Ocean Viking, the charity ship that has pulled 164 migrants from the Mediterranean but which is now marking time, waiting for a safe port
Members of the Spanish NGO Maydayterraneo rescue the last migrant of a group of 65 rescued in Mediterranean international waters off the Libyan coast on February 10, 2020. Photo: Pablo Garcia / AFP
Members of the Spanish NGO Maydayterrane […]

Political stagnation and virus galvanise Maghreb migrants

With the coronavirus pandemic further squeezing already scant economic opportunities, Algerians and Tunisians are more determined than ever to reach Europe
Visitors check out Italian Vespa scooters and Alfa Romeo cars in Town Hall Square in Lithuania's capital Vilnius during a tourism event to mimic the Italian holiday experience on June 6, 2020. Photo: Petras Malukas / AFP
Visitors check out Italian Vespa scooter […]

Roman Holiday: Lithuania capital turns Italian as virus stops travel

With virus travel restrictions preventing summer holidays abroad, Lithuania's capital is offering a low-cost alternative by mimicking the look and feel of different countries at weekends
Two women pose as they greet each other with their elbows in the Vieux Port of Marseille southern France, on May 17, 2020, in order to use new social distanciation gesture to salute people as a prophylactic measure against the spread of the Covid-19 disease caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU / AFP)
Two women pose as they greet each other […]

Mediterranean sorrow as virus upends greeting rituals

To greet friends by kissing, hugging and shaking hands is considered part of the essence of Mediterranean identity but the fear of spreading the coronavirus has forced people to adopt new social norms
Two African migrants on board the Aita Mari rescue boat watch a new group of migrants from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan wait to be rescued by members of the Spanish NGO Maydayterraneo in Mediterranean international waters off the Libyan coast on February 10, 2020. Photo: Pablo Garcia / AFP
Two African migrants on board the Aita M […]

Fears mount over migrants dying ‘out of sight’ in Mediterranean

As the coronavirus dominates headlines, activists fear the Mediterranean is the scene of an overlooked tragedy as more migrants try to cross, Europe closes its ports and rescue ships cease to function
On Cyprus, authorities issued a "yellow warning" for a second straight day on Monday over extreme temperatures. Photo: Iakovos Hatzistavrou / AFP
On Cyprus, authorities issued a "yellow […]

Virus-confined Med states wilt in record heat wave

Across the Mediterranean and its alluring beaches, a heatwave has hit countries just as they cautiously ease COVID-19 lockdowns, stoking hopes the new season will help fight the virus
A woman takes a picture of the empty Palma Beach in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on April 4, 2020, during a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease. Photo: Jaime Reina / AFP
A woman takes a picture of the empty Pal […]

Tourism collapse threatens second virus blow to Mediterranean

Northern Europeans may not be able to decamp to Mediterranean beaches this summer because of the coronavirus, but will their governments support the devastated tourism sector?
Some of the migrants who were stuck on a ship since their rescue in the Mediterranean 10 days ago disembark in Valletta, Malta on April 13, 2019 after four European countries agreed to take them in. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli / AFP
Some of the migrants who were stuck on a […]

EU powers push for uptake of migrant relocation pilot scheme

EU powers France, Germany and Italy, along with smaller member Malta, will on Tuesday seek to rally the rest of the bloc to a joint scheme to distribute migrants saved at sea
The rescue ship "Eleonore" sails on the Mediterranean with around 100 migrants on board. The "Eleonore" took in the migrants on 26.08.2019 off the Libyan coast.
The rescue ship "Eleonore" sails on the […]

Key EU interior ministers seek to resolve Mediterranean rescue crisis

Interior ministers from several European countries, as well as the European Commission, met in Malta to discuss finding a deal to the distribution of the migrants rescued in the Central Mediterranean.