Dutch banking assets destined for Deutsche

THE Dutch government is unlikely to find an alternative to selling nationalised banking assets to Deutsche Bank before a 19 October deadline, European Commission (EC) competition watchdog Neelie Kroes said yesterday.<br /><br />ABN Amro and Fortis must shed assets before the Dutch state gains EC approval to integrate the banks.<br /><br />And Kroes said the chances of finding an alternative buyer for the assets, which include commercial bank HBU, were &ldquo;very, very low&rdquo;.