Around 40 national elections will take place in 2014, noted The Economist, representing 42% of the world’s population and more than half of its GDP. It is a year filled with firsts. The first democratic parliamentary election in Fiji. The first directly elected president of Turkey.The first European Union election since 2009 - before the full effects of the financial crisis and the growth of Eurosceptic parties. Yet the dominant theme is stability, according to Alberto Nardelli of Electionista, which tracks elections and politics.