The U.K., which uses sterling rather than euro, saw narrow gains on its benchmark FTSE 100, which ended around 0.2 percent higher.
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The Athens Composite closed more than 2 percent lower, as the battle between Greece's new left-wing government and its "troika" of bailout supervisors over the terms of its international bailout continue. The cash-strapped government has requested a four-month extension to its bailout, but rejects the troika's demands for austerity and structural reforms.
The euro fell below $1.06 on Wednesday for the first time in 12 years, extending its decline after the European Central Bank started its 1.1 trillion euro ($1.2 trillion) asset-buying program this week.
The decline has boosted indexes that heavily feature major exporters, such as the German DAX.
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