The country saw 40 degrees in all provinces except Namur and Luxembourg, according to reports. The highest temperatures were recorded in Beitem (40.7 degrees), Kleine Brogel (40.6 degrees) and Diepenbeek (40.4 degrees).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
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.