Belgium follows the rest of Europe and reaches a new hottest day ever, train service across the country returns to normal - but Thalys is still disrupted - and a tour of a Belgian ghost town.
Here’s a recap of the news you should know in Belgium this morning:
Thalys trains will only be able to resume normal service from this weekend, the company's spokesman said. As a result, the company is advising travellers not to travel today. Read more.
Rail provider SNCB is taking a series of preventive measures to ensure that rail traffic runs smoothly on Friday despite the high temperatures. However, an incident cannot be ruled out, said spokesman Dimitri Temmerman. Read more.
The village of Doel ‒ situated on the Scheldt River in Flanders ‒ was meant to be destroyed in favour of progress. That didn’t happen. Antwerp’s economic boom in the 20th century saw its port in need of expansion. Doel and its surrounding areas thus quickly became a target for demolition, a plan which was defeated through popular protests from the 1970s through the 1990s. Read more.
An illegal immigrant has been forcibly deported from Charleroi airport for the first time, Sudpresse reports on Friday. The operation was carried out a few weeks ago and is a test, according to the federal police. Read more
Nearly 5,000 e-scooters inhabit Brussels, and nearly 1,300 of those arrived since this past June. How is Brussels going to cope? It set up a committee. Read more
The European Commission has initiated three legal actions against Belgium for not transposing a directive, failing to implement regulations, and not adapting its legislation to a European Court of Justice ruling, charges which, in some cases, come with heavy fines. Read more.
The Brussels Times