Germany's DAX index gained 21.9 points, or 0.56%, to 3,963.65. Volkswagen was lower as Abu Dhabi rejected a plan to buy a stake in the company, which is beginning negotiations with the IG Metall union over a new contract.
In Paris, the CAC 40 index lost 0.17 point to 3,691.68. Hermes International was lower after the company said its second half growth would be more moderate than in the first half. In Asia, the markets finished mixed on Thursday. Japan's Nikkei 225 index fell 19.22 points, or 0.17%, to 11,139.36. The market was led lower by companies tied to overseas sales including Toyota Motor and Kyocera, mirroring the weakness on Wall Street overnight.
In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index rose 125.44 points, or 0.96%, to finish at 13,209.84.