The European Commission's stance that there are competition issues to be resolved in the planned merger of Oracle and Sun Microsystems could strain ties with U.S. regulators, which cleared the merger, legal experts said. A U.S. antitrust official made a statement showing disagreement, and the EU did not care for the intervention, experts said. "The commission never likes to be seen to give in to pressure," said Alec Burnside, a lawyer at Linklaters. The commission does not seek to block the merger but raised issues to which Oracle must respond by January.

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