It's hardly news that conventional dating norms have gone out the window and, with them, so too have traditional dating labels.
Dating offers you the chance to explore and learn before you make the serious commitment of marriage.
You can move in with someone and share different aspects of your life to test out what marriage would be like with that person. There are different legal aspects of marriage (such as bank accounts, taxes, will’s, etc.) that you can’t experience while dating.
This can be good or bad—it depends on your specific situation.
Sure, they will go out for dinner and do fun activities, but it’s not packaged up in a formal and contrived manner. It’s more organic and instead of defining the relationship in order to know how to act, they let the relationship unfold and the label of boyfriend/girlfriend just naturally develops in the process. European men are comfortable with women, which leads to respect for women.
Perhaps this has to do with their upbringing, where it’s very normal for boys and girls to play and intermingle together.