How the ‘Las Vegas of Italy’ is kicking its slot machine addiction

Once compared to Oxford, the university city of Pavia is now better known for gambling. These activists are fighting to change that At the start of this year, Massimo was standing on a bridge determined to jump off. The 45-year-old had been struggling with gambling addiction since 2001. I started to play slot machines and video poker after the death of my father and ended up spending 5,000 a day, says the artisan fence-maker, from the city of Pavia in northern Italy. He was soon in debt to loan sharks and ended up stealing to fund his habit, including from his own mother, before considering suicide. Now Massimo (not his real name) lives in La Casa del Giovane, a unit …

Spain’s Socialists win election but will need support of other parties to form a government

(CNN)The center-left Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, or PSOE, won Sunday’s general election in Spain but came up short of an overall majority. Incumbent PSOE Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez addressed supporters outside the party headquarters in Madrid after the result was confirmed. “After 11 years a socialist party has won the general election in Spain. And so the future beats the past,” he said as the PSOE gained 38 seats more than in 2016. “We have sent a message to Europe and to the world, that we can win over authoritarianism.” Sanchez to negotiate a deal The PSOE will need the support of other parties to form a government as a total of 176 seats is required to control parliament, and …