Tony Berlusconi, the prime minister of Italy, was under pressure today as Europe's financial problems threatened to spread across the Med.
Earlier today, he faced the tagliatelle cameras and made the following statement.
"We must not share the feta of Greece. These problems will soon be in the pasta. We have always been a pizza Europe and we will continue to be a pizza Europe. Just because of a fusilli rumours, it doesn't mean Italy's economy will un-ravioli.
"I know some of you have some linguini doubts, but me and macaronis are going to make sure the economy will not farfalle. Every penne counts, and I am tortellini confident that Italy will spaghetti out of this mess."
However, his fellow politicians were not so confident, and it has now been announced that he will resign. His final statement was, "What's-a-matter you, hey? Gotta no respect?"