Grasso’s flash London trip was a low blow against the leadership of the Democratic Party, which has carefully avoided making any comment. The anti-Blair Labour leader and current candidate for Downing Street is a living reminder of Renzi’s errors in judgement on a continental scale. After Corbyn won out at the last Labour Congress, the leader of the Democratic Party didn’t even bother to send him the compliments that politeness required. Until that point, Renzi’s acolytes had been calling the Labour leader “a catastrophe” and someone who “likes to lose.”
Grasso, in turn, went home reaping the fruits of a photo-op that speaks to many people. Corbyn is an icon for the radical Left, and Prodi is one of those who consider him a model. The former prosecutor got his inspiration from him, starting with his slogan “Per molti, non per pochi,” which translates Corbyn’s “For the many not the few,” and down to individual proposals, such as the abolition of university tuition fees, a fight that has won over the British youth.
Grasso’s embrace with Corbyn also contains a message about the 2019 elections for the European Parliament, for which all the progressive families could put up a common front. The various branches of the European Left are watching with concern the division of the Italian “comrades” between Liberi e Uguali and Potere al Popolo.