European Stocks Have Best Week Since August on M&A Speculation 
Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) — European stocks posted their biggest weekly advance since August after Gallaher Group Plc said it received a takeover approach and investors bet on an offer for Barclays Plc.

European Stocks Rise as Trichet Signals No Hurry to Raise Rates 
Dec. 7 (Bloomberg) — European stocks rose after European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet signaled he’s in no rush to boost interest rates and takeover speculation drove up shares of tobacco companies and banks.