German business confidence improved more than expected in May, according to a widely-followed survey.
Sterling was amid a sea of red as Tory-renewed fears of a hard Brexit came to the fore and the party did a U-turn on its so-called 'dementia tax,' all while Labour accelerated in the election polls.
Equities in London went for a jog higher on Monday, helped mostly by rebounding retail stocks and sterling weakness, the latter on the back of UK political turmoil surrounding the election and Brexit coming to the fore.
Former US national security adviser Michael Flynn is reportedly set to decline a subpoena from the Senate demanding information on an investigation into his alleged links with Russia during last year's presidential election.
Crude-oil futures began the week as they left off on Friday, frothing higher on market hopes of Opec extending its output curbs when it meets later this week.
US President Donald Trump has put the wheels in motion on a major trade shake-up, after his administration triggered the renegotiation of the North-American Free Trade Agreement on Thursday.
The US Department of Justice has appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead the investigation into Russian interference in last year's presidential election, as the pressure on President Donald Trump grows.
Weakness in metals and agricultural futures dragged the commodities complex lower, offsetting strength in energy.