Frankfurt / Main (dpa) - Before important political decisions in the UK, investors initially held back on the German stock market. The leading index Dax recorded 0.30 percent lower at 11,917.82 points after the subdued weekly start on Tuesday morning.

The MDax of mid-sized companies lost 0.20 percent to 25,657.53 points. The EuroStoxx 50, the leading index of the Eurozone, was also down a bit.

Investors are looking forward to London, where there is a showdown for a no-deal-Brexit between the government and parliament. The opposition and a group of about 20 rebels from the conservative government faction want to force Prime Minister Boris Johnson to give in on his tough Brexit course.