MADRIDThose of 2023 – if they go ahead – may be the last general State budgets approved without European (and also Spanish) fiscal rules. “They can”, because in fact these rules were supposed to return next year, or this was the initial intention of the European Commission. The war in Ukraine, however, has forced Brussels to change its plans and extend, again, the temporary suspension of tax rules, approved exceptionally with the covid-19 pandemic. Now, the year marked in red on the calendar is 2024. The unknown, however, is whether the tax pact will return as it was known or whether the European Commission will decide to touch some rules of the game which, in the eyes of some countries, they can be neither homogeneous nor as strict as until now.