What are the similarities between the European Union and the United Nations?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that one of the most striking similarities between the European Union and the United Nations is the idea that shared decision making abilities can be seen as a way to decrease tension between nations. Both models of geopolitical leadership embrace collectivity and a sense of interdependency to ensure decrease in tension.  The United Nations is predicated upon the idea that if nations believe in collectivity and understand that there is an interconnected nature within international relations and interactions there will be a chance to reduce hostilities.  At the same time, the European Union is an organization in which economic cooperation was seen as critical to decreasing national tension between nations in Europe: "The idea being that countries who trade with one another become economically interdependent and so more likely to avoid conflict."   In both models, there is a clear understanding that if nations work together, and understand the nature of connection in their models of international relations, the reduction of conflict can become possible and a realistic goal towards working.