ECB is about to publish a new wealth report soon and the data is politically sensitive to say the least. The ECB currently tries to postpone the release of the report but some of its numbers already surface in the media. It's not looking good for Angela in the fall elections ... Merkel the chance(r)llor for the rich.
here is the picture that we can expect to find in the final ECB wealth report (in '000 Euro)
*Credit Suisse Wealth Report 2012
blue: actual median distribution per person
orange: numerical average per person
it will be difficult to explain to people in Estonia and Slovakia why they have to fund bailouts for PIIGS if they finally take a look at the distribution of wealth in Europe. And Germany has a shocking imbalance between regular people and high net worth individuals, actually the worst in Europe. HNWIs push up the numerical average in Germany to the European midfield.
Ireland is still doing reasonably well with above average wealth and (more) balanced wealth distribution.