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Belgium: Train Strikes Follow Deadly Collision

Date: February 17th, 2010 | No Comments

Following a head-on train collision that killed 18 people and injured scores, train drivers staged wildcat strikes across the country to protest poor working conditions. Strikes were expected to last until at least the weekend, disrupting train travel to and within Belgium. An investigation into the cause of the crash i [read more]

Belgium: Thieves Pose as Police on E411 between Luxembourg and Brussels

Date: July 22nd, 2009 | No Comments

Authorities warned of thieves posing as police officers on the E411 highway linking Luxembourg and Brussels. Three elderly couples who withdrew money from banks in Luxembourg were recently robbed of about 100,000 euros ($141,000). The bandits stopped their cars and told the drivers to follow them off the highway, then forced the victims to hand [read more]

Belgium: Coastal Tram Fired Upon, Security Tightened

Date: July 10th, 2008 | No Comments

Tram service that links Flemish coastal resorts will carry extra security guards after drivers went on strike to protest inadequate security. The strike occurred the day after a tram was shot at with a pellet gun between Wenduine and Blankenberge, the sixth such incident in the last few weeks. A window was broken but no [read more]

Belgium and France: Airline Security Measures Relaxed

Date: September 12th, 2006 | No Comments

Temporary security measures imposed Aug. 10 on flights to the U.S. were relaxed Sept. 4. Passengers may now carry on a standard piece of hand luggage and electronic devices, but still may not carry liquids, creams or gels. The same is true for passengers transferring in Brussels to flights to the U.S. No special restrictions [read more]


Date: November 2nd, 2004 | No Comments

Bus and tram drivers demanding action against passenger violence shut down two-thirds of Brussels’ transit lines with a strike Oct. 28. Another strike was planned for Nov. 5, and further actions are likely unless concessions [read more]

Europe: Heavy Snow, Cold Disrupt Travel Across Continent, Eurostar to Resume Normal Schedule Dec. 28, Venice Flooded

Date: December 23rd, 2009 | No Comments

Severe winter weather before Christmas disrupted travel throughout Europe, causing flight delays and cancellations in the UK, Germany and Italy, and shutting down the Eurostar “Chunnel” train service between London and Paris for three days. Twenty-five-hundred passengers were stranded without food, water or air conditioning for 16 hours. The breakdown was believed to have been [read more]

Belgium: Brussels Airport May Need Security Upgrade

Date: May 13th, 2009 | No Comments

Studies by Belgian and European aviation authorities concluded that security needs tightening at Brussels’ Zaventem Airport. The studies found that security checks on both checked and carry-on luggage were not thorough enough and staff with no business being in the baggage handling area were allowed to walk freely through it. An airport official defended the [read more]

Belgium: Security Tightened in Brussels after Police Quash Jailbreak Plan

Date: December 26th, 2007 | No Comments

Police increased security in Brussels Dec. 21 when they uncovered a plan by suspected Islamists to free an imprisoned al-Qaeda sympathizer. Police arrested 14 suspects involved in the plot that allegedly included a possible Christmas attack using weapons and explosives. As a precaution, security was tightened in public places such as the metro system, railways [read more]


Date: December 14th, 2004 | No Comments

Workers on Brussels’ bus, tram and subway services have voted to strike on Christmas Eve and will likely disrupt public transport. Eight different strikes since October have affected Brussels’ transit services, with more apparentl [read more]


Date: July 16th, 2002 | No Comments

In a recent report by the European Union’s Environment Commission, Belgium is the only country among the union’s 15 members to have all of its coastal and freshwater beaches declared safe for bathing. France, by contrast, saw 88 percent of its beaches pass the test. Throughout the European Union, 97 percent of coastal beaches and [read more]

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