European stocks closed sharply lower on Friday after Wall Street stock indexes dropped and data showed Germany's exports fell in July.
European equities closed the session mixed Wednesday as investors digested inflation numbers and contemplated the possibility of further stimulus.
European equities pared gains on Wednesday, but ended firmly in positive territory, buoyed by new hopes of a Greek deal.
European shares extended gains to close higher on Thursday, following upbeat data from the U.S.
European shares ended mixed Tuesday amid "fiscal cliff" discussions in the U.S., but losses were limited as EU finance ministers met in Brussels to discuss details of a possible banking union.
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