ROME - The Italian government has just issued a statement that effective immediately it will no longer ship grapes to Germany.
The Grapes For Sauerkraut Trade Program had been in effect since March of 1997, but Italy has stated that it is breaking the trade arrangement.
Italy's national news agency El Vino stated that the reason was due to the fact that two members of the German Cabinet had made comments attacking Pope Francis.
El Vino said that Baldric Engelbert had remarked that the pope has no business telling people that they can't eat meat on Fridays, or tuna fish on Wednesdays.
The other individual identified as Gunther Fritz-Franz stated that the Pope really needs to start dressing more like a normal person instead of like some kind of Mardi Gras celebrator.
Germany has stated that if Italy ends the Grapes For Sauerkraut Trade Program then they will never again purchase another Ferrari or Lamborghini from Italy's national El Pasta Auto Dealership.
SIDENOTE: Germany is hoping that perhaps taking the matter to the United Nations will help to bring about a peaceful solution to the tense situation.