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European stock markets close higher

European stock markets advanced and the euro was stronger against the dollar on Friday as dealers welcomed a surprise rebound in German business confidence while they watched another EU impasse unfold in Brussels.

Europe's main stock markets closed higher on Wednesday, with London's FTSE 100 index of leading companies rising by a slight 0.07 percent to 5,752.03 points.

In Frankfurt, the DAX 30 gained 0.16 percent to 7,184.71 points, while in Paris the CAC 40 rose 0.44 percent to 3,477.36 points.