Barclays may be forced to scrap “Nazi” eagle logo

Barclays may be forced to scrap its 317 year-old eagle logo due to concerns from ABN Amro, its Dutch merger partner, that the design has Nazi connotations, press reports have claimed.

The bank, which has already agreed to move its head office to Amsterdam if the £96bn deal goes ahead, is likely to adopt ABN’s stylised heraldic shield worldwide.

Under the merger proposal, the combined Barclays/ABN would be called Barclays but would trade as ABN Amro in the Netherlands.

Sources say that Barclays will retain the eagle if its bid fails.