In 1992, the United States celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the New World, an event that also marked the beginning of a long and colourful relationship between both sides of the Atlantic. Be it through cultural bonds, intense trade links, or the participation in the same alliance, relations between the US and Europe have always been close and have never been characterised by indifference. On the contrary, generations of Europeans have been fascinated by the unlimited opportunities offered by this huge country and Americans continue to be intrigued by what for many of them is the continent of their ancestors.