On November 8, 2017, a public debate was held in Bratislava, in the Open Gallery, organized by the Institute for Public Affairs in cooperation with the Open Society Foundation. Topic of debate was How serious is the threat of extremism in Slovakia? Oľga Gyárfášová (sociologist), Radovan Bránik (political and security analyst) and Péter Hunčík (psychiatrist) took part in the discussion. Discussion was chaired by IVO president Grigorij Mesežnikov.
Participants of the discussion focused on interpreting the findings from the recent opinion polls on some aspects of extremism and extremist politics. They also debated the results of the regional elections, their contexts and possible impact to the situation on the extremist scene and overall internal political developments in the country.
Event was a part of the project Focused on extremism, which aim is to strengthen dialogue with citizens on defending democracy, rule of law and human rights against extremism and intolerance. The project is supported by the Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic.