. May 24, 2008 SouthAmerica: In my opinion, this is a very bad idea from the Brazilian perspective. I wonder who is behind this new agenda? The only way this plan makes sense to me it is if Brazil is going to be the permanent leader of this new union (SAU). ***** Brazil: "South America Union Born" By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: May 24, 2008 A new South American Union was created as leaders of the continentâs 12 independent nations signed a treaty creating the organization and set out to devise a continental parliament. Some view the union, known as Unasur, as the regionâs version of the European Union. Brazil, which organized the meeting in BrasÃlia, where the union was born, wants it to help coordinate defense affairs across South America. But the nations were not able to reach a consensus on how to do that. .