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Europe Briefing: FYROM name vote in Greece, Queen's Brexit intervention and Spain well rescue

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Europe Briefing: FYROM name vote in Greece, Queen's Brexit intervention and Spain well rescue
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1) Queen urges Britain to find common ground as Brexit crisis deepens

The UK's Queen Elizabeth II traditionally steers clear of political controversy, but some commentators are suggesting that yesterday she made a veiled intervention in the debate over Brexit. The monarch urged Britain to seek out common ground and grasp the big picture.

READ MORE: Did the Queen make a veiled comment on Brexit at Women's Institute meeting?

2) Greece name vote

Greece's parliament is poised to make an historic decision on Friday over the name of its neighbour, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Police in the country fired teargas to disperse crowds on Thursday night, which gathered outside parliament to protest against a deal over the name.

READ MORE: Greece and FYR Macedonia name dispute — the controversial feud explained

3) Spain well rescue

The final stage of a mission to rescue a 2-year-old boy who fell down a well in southern Spain began on Thursday, with miners descending a parallel shaft from which point they will tunnel their way to the child

READ MORE: These are the steps miners will need to take to rescue child trapped in well

4) Germany to decide coal exit timetable amid unrest

Key talks are taking place on the future of coal-fired power stations in Germany on Friday. Ministers and energy bosses are set to decide when all such power stations will be closed down for good.

5) UK police investigate human bone found in socks at Primark store

Essex police are investigating the discovery of what is believed to be part of a human bone in a pair of Primark socks. The socks were purchased at a Colchester store in southeast England. Police said the bone does not appear to be the result of "recent trauma" and had no "skin or other particles surrounding it". Police are liaising with the store, which is speaking to its suppliers for more information.

READ MORE: Police investigate human bone found inside pair of Primark socks