In the U.K. on Friday, the FTSE 100 closed around 0.7 percent lower on the day, pressured as BT fell 2.6 percent when the telecoms firm announced it would pay off itspension deficit.
However, U.K.mining giants rallied, with Fresnillo and Randgold surging over 4 percent, while BHP Billiton and Anglo American also posted healthy gains.
The French benchmark CAC 40 finished unofficially 0.7 percent lower, while the DAX provisionally ended 0.5 lower.
Greek stocks remained under pressure Friday, closing around 1.6 percent lower after Greece's government will not cooperate with the EU and IMF mission bankrolling the country and will not seek an extension to the bailout program, its finance minister said on Friday.
In terms of data, Eurostat announced that seasonally-adjusted unemployment in the single currency zone fell to 11.4 percent in December. This was down from 11.5 percent in November and was the lowest rate recorded in the region since mid-2012.
In addition, Spanish preliminary growth figures showed a 2 percent rise in the fourth quarter of last year, compared to the same period in 2013.
U.S. stocks fell sharply on Friday, with equities on track for January losses, with investors on uncertain footing after the government reported economic growth slowed sharply in the fourth quarter.
The Commerce Department reported gross domestic product expanded at a 2.6 percent annual rate after the third quarter's 5 percent jaw-dripping pace. Analysts had projected the economy would expand at a 3 percent rate in the final quarter of 2014.