Posters depicting the British Queen, and the French and US presidents in a sexual position are causing intense controversy in Austria. The image of models wearing masks of Queen Elizabeth, Jacques Chirac and George Bush is the work of an art project involving contributors from the 25 EU states. Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel has appealed to the art group, “25peaces”, to withdraw the pictures. Austria takes over the presidency of the EU from Britain on January 1st and the posters have created embarrassment for the government ahead of the handover. The images are part of a series that “25peaces” says aims to “reflect social and political developments in Europe.” The group received a million euros in funding for the project from the Austrian government.