Table: Not Taking It Anymore

How European shareholders are strong-arming management

FILING LAWSUITS

Legal action planned or filed against EM.TV and Deutsche Telekom in Germany and Schneider Electric in France

SPEAKING OUT

Organized, public criticism from shareholders helped force management shakeup at Germany's ThyssenKrupp

JOINING FORCES

N.Y. arbitrageur Guy Wyser-Pratte rallied minority shareholders in French retailer Groupe Andre, ousting top management

THREATENING TO SELL

Opposition from fund managers helped scuttle plans by Britain's Abbey National to buy Bank of Scotland

BUT STILL MORE PATIENT THAN AMERICANS

CEOs like DaimlerChrysler's Jurgen Schrempp granted time to straighten out their mistakes

DATA: BusinessWeek

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