But knowing some of the cultural differences – who makes the first move, kissing on a first date, how soon to call after a date – may help you avoid awkward situations, or at least stop you from getting hurt or hurting someone else unintentionally.In Europe, getting to know someone romantically is fairly laid back.
They may flirt in their own way but they may not see it as such because it just comes naturally.
Here's a guide to take you through your first Euro date.
To gather real accounts of the European dating scene, last year we asked around 500 (mostly, but not exclusively, heterosexual) expats living in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland a series of up-close and personal questions about themselves, their relationships and their sex lives.
If you say ‘no' to an invitation, he may well think you're playing hard to get and will probably persist.
If you really aren't interested, then be very clear and tell him politely but firmly (the hints that might work back home, won't work here).