European stocks touched their top in near two weeks on Monday, supported by gains among German utilities after the sector’s major companies announced a large restructure of the energy industry.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index inched up 0,2%, to 379,08.
Frankfurt’s DAX rose 0.7 percent.
France's CAC 40 jumped 0.5% to 5,297.83, while the UK's FTSE 100 surged 0.4% to 7,253.62.
Shares in Innogy leaped 12 percent after parent RWE agreed to sell 76.8 percent of its arm to rival E.ON for 22 billion euro.
Shares of GKN picked up 2.5% after Melrose raised its takeover bid by 9.5%, to 8.1 billion pounds ($11.2 billion).
Deutsche Bank shares edged up 0.5%. The largest German bank intends to raise as much as 1.8 billion euros ($2.2 billion) in an initial public offering of its asset-management division.