But the countries of Central Europe need to look for reasons at home, and double their efforts, analyst says.
Locating an EU agency in the east would have been a positive signal to the eastern member states.
But his party can still bounce back if they do the things that make parties resilient.
What does the defeat in regional elections mean for the future of Slovakia’s strongest party?
There are still reasons to worry, but something has changed in Slovakia now that elections have wiped the fascists out at regional level.
Tibor Madleňák, a political analyst specialising in election geography, says in an interview with The Slovak Spectator that Kotleba had to defend his performance in a political post for the first time - and failed.
It would be too early to say extremism has been defeated but the results present a new chance for democracy.
Election night on November 4 produced some real upsets: here’s what you need to know
The ruling Smer party will only fill two out of eight governor chairs after this election; their numbers in the regional parliaments are also significantly reduced.
The little rocket icon caused an uproar among big Slovak media outlets - but so far the test shows they might have been overestimating Facebook as a tool to attract audience.
Municipal and regional polls are the only chance for those who live and work in Slovakia but do not have a Slovak passport to influence how things develop around them.
Observers do not expect the results of the Czech election to impact Czech-Slovak relations.
What are the prospects of extremists around Kotleba in the upcoming vote?
Who will benefit from the Fico-Kiska conflict? Neither of the men involved.
Carmakers are aware they are being closely watched after Dieselgate, says German Ambassador Joachim Bleicker.
A selective leak has tarnished President Kiska’s reputation. But he must continue to speak out about corruption.
Budget talks to decide on concrete policies. Danko wants airplanes, Fico wants better pay for nights and weekends.