Talks between Greece and its lenders look to be on hold until the referendum this Sunday, when Greeks will vote on whether to accept creditors' bailout proposals, which are conditional on Greece instigating further austerity measures.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged Greeks to reject the proposed bailout deal in a televised speech on Wednesday evening.
The head of the Eurogroup of euro zone finance ministers, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, has said there will be no further discussions regarding offering credit to Greece until after the referendum.
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Outside of Greece, the latest official U.S. nonfarm payrolls employment report showed American companies kicked off the summer with modest growth in hiring, sending nonfarm payrolls up 223,000 in June, according to Labor Department numbers released Thursday.
In addition to the payroll growth, the unemployment rate ticked lower to 5.3 percent from 5.5 percent, due largely to a sharp decline in labor force participation.
The report comes with Wall Street trying to discern when the Federal Reserve will institute its first interest rate hike in nine years.
U.S. stocks traded in a narrow range on Thursday, as investors eyed the jobs report and developments in Greece ahead of the July 4 holiday weekend.
On the data front in Europe, Spanish unemployment fell 2.25 percent in June from a month earlier.