Wall Street Journal
December 18, 2012
A strong and clear commitment from members of the euro zone to keep Greece in the common-currency bloc helped lead Standard & Poor's to raise its rating on Greece to B-minus from selective default, the ratings firm said Tuesday.
It is the highest rating S&P has given Greece since June 2011 as the country continues to face a deep recession and debt crisis.
Even with the country still facing challenges, S&P placed a stable outlook on the new B-minus rating. That buoys hope that the worst of Greece's problems could be in the past.
"It is a very important decision, but there is no room for complacency," said Greek Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras. "It is a decision which creates a climate of optimism, but we know that the road is still long and uphill."