The German language is the most frequently spoken mother tongue in the European Union humanities and social sciences. Non-Ger- long way behind English, but only just be- man-speaking scholars only very rarely hind Russian. publish in German, whereas German-speaking scholars by contrast publish extensively Globalisation is exerting pressure on all in- in English, particularly in the sciences. On ternational languages, and this is serving to the Internet, however, the German language appreciably further strengthen the position plays an important role. With regard to the of English as the world language. But Ger- most used languages there, based on Web- man will nonetheless remain an important sites German was in third place in 2015, a international language.