Futures got little help from the European Central Bank, which left its main interest rate unchanged, as did the Bank of England.
Stocks worth watching on Thursday include Apple, after reports that the tech giant has signed a deal with China Mobile to distribute Apple iPhones on its vast network. Apple shares traded around 2.6 percent higher on the Frankfurt stock exchange early on Thursday.
(Read more: Apple signs deal with China Mobile: report)
This follows a tweet by activist billionaire investor Carl Icahn on Wednesday, in which he said that he had told Apple he would push for an increased buyback for investors.
Shares of Germany's Merck bounce by around 3.4 percent after the chemicals maker agreed to buy AZ Electronic Materials, which makes chemicals used in Apple iPads.
Ford shares may also be worth a look, after the automobile company announced the global launch of its iconic Mustang, after 50 years of production. The revamped Mustang will be launched simultaneously in six cities in four continents, including Europe.
(Read more: New Ford Mustang debuts across the globe)
—By CNBC's Katy Barnato
Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that it was written on December 5, 2013.