When it comes to European politics, Germany will be of key importance to investors over the coming weeks as the country heads to the polls for its general election, due at the end of September.
On Sunday, Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared to hold her ground in a live television debate against political rival Martin Schulz. A poll by Infratest Dimap showed on Monday that Merkel had emerged as the clear winner, as her overall performance in the debate was viewed as more convincing by 55 percent, compared to 35 percent for Schulz.
Looking ahead, investors in Europe will be turning their attention to the European Central Bank for its next monetary policy meeting due on Thursday.
After ECB President Mario Draghi gave no clues away at Jackson Hole as to what to expect from the central bank's strategy going forward, investors will be looking at the bank's rhetoric, with market-watchers having previously expected that the bank would announce its plans to reduce its bond-buying program in September.
Elsewhere, U.S. markets are closed for Labor Day on Monday.