Germany's DAX index ended up 17.88 points, or 0.47%, to 3,788.88, despite a reported revision of Germany's June industrial production levels -- down 1.4% -- from the government. The European Central Bank president says that higher oil prices would not ruin a second half economic recovery.
In Paris, the CAC 40 index gained 0.88 point to 3,595.26.
Asian markets finished higher on Wednesday. Japan's Nikkei 225 index added 144.69 points, or 1.32%, to close at 11,130.02. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index gained 146.54 points, or 1.16%, to close at 12,793.03.