Does German need protection from English?

The members of the Verein Deutsche Sprache, or German Language Association, think so. According to a recent piece in the Guardian about the waning influence of German, some Germans fear that their language, the most widely spoken first language in Europe, will become a “peripheral” language if steps are not taken to prevent certain English words from permanently replacing German ones.

The article mentions several common English words and phrases that are used for concepts for which a German equivalent already exists.

The German giant Siemens has promised to use fewer anglicisms in the future. The VDS had previously criticized the company for using renewable energy instead of erneuerbare EnergieSmart Grids instead of intelligente Stromnetze, and healthcare instead of Medizintechnik.