European shares higher ahead of ECB this week; BHP Billiton down
* FTSEurofirst index up 0.3 percent
* BHP drops as Brazil eyes damage action
* Lufthansa rises after deal with unions
* Kleinwort Benson soars on counterbid (Adds details, quotes)
By Danilo Masoni
MILAN, Nov 30 (Reuters) - European shares rose slightly on Monday before a much anticipated European Central Bank policy meeting this week, while BHP Billiton was among the top losers after news Brazil could seek damages for a dam burst.
Prospects of strong stimulus measures by the ECB continued to support equities in the region with a key benchmark index just below three-month highs touched last week.
"There is still some optimism ahead of the ECB meeting on Thursday, which is the key market driver of the week," said Carlo Alberto De Casa, analyst at ActivTrades in London.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up 0.3 percent by 0911 GMT, having lost 0.26 percent on Friday, while the Euro STOXX 50 was gained 0.6 percent. Continuación...