Europe warms to US missile shield
US plans to extend its “star wars” missile-defense program to Europe, which once dismissed the technology as an unproven cold-war anachronism, are gaining acceptance among governments here. Despite Russia’s mounting opposition, the Czech Republic, Poland, and â€“ as of Friday â€“ Britain have all expressed serious interest in hosting parts of the shield. Other countries traditionally cool to the idea have been notably quiet. The trigger: concern about a nuclear Iran.