Table: Protecting National Champions

Europe Backtracks on Cross-Border Takeovers

TAKEOVER LEGISLATION KILLED

The European Parliament rejected a law forcing companies to get shareholder approval before creating a poison pill

GOLDEN SHARE UPHELD

An influential official at the European Court of Justice argued that governments should be able to block acquisitions of newly privatized companies

GOVERNMENT MEDDLING

Rome is trying to block France's EDF from taking over a local energy company, and Belgium is suing Swissair to save its national airline, Sabena

Data: BusinessWeek

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