Following on from this this question - There is a lot of resistance from the EU and the mainstream media to Poland's proposed changes to the way Judges are selected.

As I understand it, the current system is that new Judges are appointed by the existing Judges, which is very unpopular in Poland as they have been accused of nepotism and corruption, particularly as many of them are the same people who held similar roles when Poland was under Communist rule.

In the proposed system, the top Judges who nominate new judges would be appointed by the government, and this is what is being objected to as it could lead to a bias in the Judiciary in favour of the Governing party.

However - other countries have similar systems, and they are not being told to change by the EU. Wikipedia states that German judges are appointed by the State departments of Justice, and their Federal judges are appointed by ministers and MPs. Similarly the members of the French Constitutional Council are appointed by the president and the presidents of the National Assembly and Senate, and in Spain, the members of the General Council of the Judiciary are elected, half by the Senate and half by the Congress.

So, why are those examples considered different to Poland's proposals?

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    The aswer to 'why' is primarily because the current governing party was voted on without the content of 'EU and Media' so they are unhappy with the choice that was made. – user14448 Dec 19 '17 at 11:45
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    The most important criteria for most German judges is the marks that they get at their university exams and those exams get written by professors of law and not by the government. The Bundesverfassungsgericht who's judges do get picked by politicians don't has it's members picked by the current government coalition but there's an informal system were both the government and the opposition get to appoint some judges. – Christian Dec 19 '17 at 13:50
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    You are wrong regarding Germany. Judges of the Federal Constitutional Court are elected by the Federal Parliament (Bundestag) and the Federal Council (Bundesrat) and need an overwhelming majority vote (2/3 of votes in both). This generally ensures that one party alone can't influence who the judges are. Also, a judge's term only ends when the judge becomes 68 years old, government can't dismiss a federal judge. From what I heard, the new regulations in Poland are in no way comparable. – Roland Dec 20 '17 at 8:26
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    @jjack State attorneys are not relevant at the Constitutional Court. They are part of the criminal justice system and the way they are appointed in Germany is not unusual at all. Next you'll complain about how police officers are hired. I get the impression you are more interested in a political agenda then in researching facts. – Roland Dec 20 '17 at 12:34
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    @Tlen I know the difference. The supreme court in Germany is called Bundesverfassungsgericht. The Wikipedia page you link to concerns the Bundesgerichtshof. This is the correct en.wikipedia entry concerning the discussion here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… And there is no such thing as "Merkel's media". – Roland Jan 11 '18 at 7:53