An international body created in 2008, the Union of South American Nations currently includes these member states: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela. The original intent was to create an economic union like that of the EU, with a Central Bank and a common currency. Focus has shifted however to intensify efforts of physical integration such as roads, bridges, and tunnels.
- BBC News. May 23, 2008. “South American nations found union.”http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7417896.stm
- MercoPress. June 13, 2011. “
- Unasur, looking at the EU, freezes project for common currency and central bank.” http://en.mercopress.com/2011/06/13/unasur-looking-at-the-eu-freezes-project-for-common-currency-and-central-bank.