European stock markets fell at the start of trading on Thursday following losses in Asia and overnight on Wall Street, with the US stalling over a key stimulus deal.
London's benchmark FTSE 100 index shed 0.8% to 5 732.31 points, having slumped almost two percent Wednesday.
In the eurozone, Frankfurt's DAX 30 index began Thursday with a loss of 1.3% at 12 399.57 points.
The Paris CAC 40 slid 1.0% to 4 803.72.
The leading eurozone indices had closed down around 1.5% on Wednesday.