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12/9/2009
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Bob Evans
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EU Hits New Low Vs. Oracle As Kroes Mocks Senate Letter

It's unwise to expect much intellectual integrity from the European Union bureaucrats as they put the screws to Oracle, but leader Neelie Kroes has set a new low by dismissing and mocking an official letter of support for Oracle from the U.S. Senate. This is the most disgraceful proof yet that the EU is purely playing politics while thousands of Sun employees lose their jobs.

It's unwise to expect much intellectual integrity from the European Union bureaucrats as they put the screws to Oracle, but leader Neelie Kroes has set a new low by dismissing and mocking an official letter of support for Oracle from the U.S. Senate. This is the most disgraceful proof yet that the EU is purely playing politics while thousands of Sun employees lose their jobs.As I wrote in a Global CIOcolumn earlier this morning called Global CIO: IBM Supports Oracle But Microsoft Kisses EU Ring:

In a display of close-minded arrogance that stands out even by her own standards and that of the insular EU, here's what Kroes had to say about a letter sent to the EU by 59 members of the United States Senate in support of Oracle's acquisition bid, as reported by the AP:

Kroes slammed the senators for "interfering in someone else's decisions rather than taking the most important decision that you have control over: improving health care."

"Is this really more important than fixing your own health care system?" she asked in a speech, adding that the senators needed to get their priorities straight.

Well, well -good to know the head of the EU's anti-capitalism commission takes so seriously her responsibilities to review all input impartially and even-handedly. In that context, maybe her next move will be to tell Oracle to shut up and stop bothering her with documents supporting its position.

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