Something of a storm in a tea cup methinks. So a female politician poses in a conservative outfit and wears a paid of long latex gloves at the same time.
A German politician who helped to topple Bavarian premier Edmund Stoiber has been attacked by her colleagues for posing in latex gloves for a magazine.
Gabriele Pauli, a 49-year-old local politician in the Bavaria-based Christian Social Union (CSU), is featured in Park Avenue magazine wearing the long, black gloves.
Her outfit is otherwise conservative but it did not stop extensive German media coverage on Wednesday of the photo shoot.
"Politics needs to have a certain degree of respectability and Ms. Pauli has damaged this," Norbert Geis, a national member of parliament in the CSU, told the Mitteldeutsche Zeitung paper.
This is the bit I'm not sure that I understand though. Germans are rather into this leather and latex thing, aren't they? So why all the fuss?