Greek losses curb European gains on European stock markets
* Athens bourse falls, hit by ongoing political uncertainty
* Nutreco falls as Cargill drops takeover bid
* FTSE up but pares gains as UK external deficit rises
By Sudip Kar-Gupta and Blaise Robinson
LONDON/PARIS, Dec 23 (Reuters) - A pullback on the Greek stock market on fears of early elections kept a lid on gains in European equities on Tuesday.
Dutch animal feed company Nutreco also fell, sliding 5 percent after U.S. commodities company Cargill said it was dropping a bid for Nutreco.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was 0.1 percent higher at 1,368.84 points and was up 4 percent since the start of 2014.
The Greek parliament on Tuesday failed to elect a new president by majority in a second-round vote. It has one more chance to do so next week to avert elections that could bring to power a party that wants to renegotiate the country's bailout deal, end years of austerity and write off some Greek debt.
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, whose term is not due to end until mid-2016, has offered to bring pro-European independents into the government and hold elections by late next year if they support Stavros Dimas, the only candidate in the presidential race. Continuación...