Earlier this year I learned that Poland confiscated private pension funds and merged them into their public pension scheme to pay their debt off. I could not find any resources in any respected publication, but the links I pasted (mostly from blogs) confirm what a Polish colleague of mine told me.
The resources linked above mention a similar thing going on in Hungary; also, some Spanish friends of mine mentioned that this had been mentioned as a possibility in an unofficial radio debate.
The question is: is this the "next big thing" when it comes to fixing countries' bank accounts? Is this going to become a trend for cash strapped governments? Are we at risk of something similar happening in the UK in the long term (within the next 30 years)?