In Paris, the CAC 40 was down 18.87 points, or 0.57%, to 3,306.12. Among the losers were telecommunication co. Alcatel.
Germany's DAX index lost 10.65 points, or 0.31%, to 3,471.25. Among the gainers were Schering AG, HVB Group and Commerzbank.
Asian markets finished higher. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 index added 254.60 points, or 2.42%, to 10,786.04 on the Bank of Japan's unexpected monetary easing announced mid afternoon. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index gained 135.46 points, or 1.15%, to 11,935.83.
Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX added 29.19 points, or 0.38%, to 7,633.61.