What is the difference between the European Union & United Nations?

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The United Nations and the European Union are two very different political entities. While the two bodies have in common a desire born of the destruction of two world wars to avoid another such devastating conflict, they diverge greatly beyond that point.

The United Nations was a second major attempt by leaders of Europe and the United States to create an international organization that included all countries and would provide a forum for resolving conflicts between member states diplomatically. The first such attempt, the League of Nations, was a failure for a variety of reasons emanating from the post-World War I Treaty of Versailles and the refusal of the United States to become an active member (despite the advocacy of president Woodrow Wilson). The leaders of the United States and Great Britain, President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, envisioned an organization that would allow for face-to-face debates before the assembled diplomats representing...

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