"George, I got the same treatment from an Irish bank in Vienna about six weeks ago. My wife and I have had a trust account there since 1994 and tried to open two individual ones instead. Our account rep said she talked to two supervisors and both rejected it. Said that complying with US regs was beyond them now (this from a bank that practically wrote the book on serving US customers) and that they no longer accept US clients.
We are stuck there for now. A Singaporean friend of mine said to try HSBC in Singapore. The Asians want to scoop up all the business the Europeans are tossing away."