LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - European stocks closed flat in choppy trade on Friday, as worries that U.S. politicians may fail to strike a deal to avoid growth-curbing austerity measures pushed equities off earlier highs.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index, which hit 18-month highs this week, provisionally closed flat at 1,131.88 points.
The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index edged lower by 0.2 percent to 2,599.30 points.
Gains in major healthcare stocks were offset by a fall in the telecoms sector. The STOXX 600 telecoms index declined 0.6 percent, dragged down by a 2.7 percent fall in Deutsche Telekom after it cut its dividend.
"I wouldn't buy the market here. I think the best thing is to sell on rallies," said Richard Edwards, who heads trading and analytics firm HED Capital.