Barclays is considering dropping the eagle from its corporate logo if its ABN Amro takeover goes ahead because of objections from the Dutch company that the animal has Nazi associations, according to reports.
Press reports suggest ABN Amro is concerned about reactions to the symbol in the Netherlands, which was occupied by Nazi Germany during World War II.
Barclays’ use of the eagle dates back to 1728, more than 140 years before the German eagle was adopted when Germany was unified in 1871.
During the Nazi era the symbol was changed to include a swastika held by the eagle.
It is thought that under any changes branches in the UK would continue to use the eagle and these changes would only affect its corporate logo.
Barclays refused to comment on the matter.