European shares closed higher on Tuesday on raised hopes the European Central Bank (ECB) will launch further stimulus programs to boost the economy.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 provisionally closed higher by 0.8 percent at 1,377.1 points, continuing the previous session's rally.
The German benchmark DAX and the French CAC ended unofficially higher by 0.9 percent and 1.2 percent respectively. Other euro zone indexes, such as the Spanish IBEX, also posted healthy gains, despite opening in negative territory.
The U.K.'s FTSE 100 ended unofficially 0.8 percent higher, having been closed for a bank holiday on Monday.