What you might need to know

This video discusses the concept of a Union. When we discuss the European Union, we often talk about its parts rather than the Union as such. So this video is putting a few ideas to discuss what a Union is and make it fun for the children.

  • The European Union is an economic and political project. It was created to protect peace among countries,
    mainly France and Germany, that had been at the heart of two world wars in less than 50 years.
  • The European Union is made up of large but also many small countries. Countries largely try to find a
    consensus when they make decisions on how to improve the quality of the air we breathe or the food we eat.
  • Therefore it can be very difficult to make decisions. In 1951, it was easier for six countries to agree.
    Nowadays with 28, it is much more difficult.
  • Majority decisions can also be made. The issue is then that some countries might have to implement a
    decision that they did not vote for. This is what democracy is about: majority/minority.