European shares ignore Asian gains and follow Wall Street lower ahead of what's expected to be a lackluster Q1 earnings, which Alcoa is due to kick off after the bell today.
Violence in Ukraine amid pro-Russian protests is also weighing on sentiment.
However, U.S. stock futures are higher following the losses referred to above.
Euro Stoxx 50 -0.1%, London -0.4%, Paris -0.2%, Frankfurt -0.1%, Madrid -0.5%, Milan -0.3%.
U.S. stock futures: Dow +0.1%. S&P +0.1%. Nasdaq +0.2%