Yuzuko Horigome was flying home from Tokyo to Brussels with a stopover at Frankfurt, when German customs seized her Guarnerius violin, worth in the region of one million Euro. They demanded that she pay a fine of 190,000 Euros for the instrument’s release, saying that it had not been taxed properly in the EU. Yuzuko had to fly on without her instrument.
At the time of writing, it has not yet been released. Perhaps Chancellor Merkel, if she’s reading this, would consider calling off her rottweilers when hard-working musicians are passing through.