FILE PHOTO: Alexander Gauland of Germany's far-right Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) speaks during a campaign in Pforzheim, Germany September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

BERLIN (Reuters) – German prosecutors have launched an investigation into remarks by an election candidate for the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party that Germany’s integration minister should be “dumped” back to Turkey, her parents’ country of origin.
The latest polls predict the AfD will win between 8 and 11 percent of the vote in Germany’s federal elections on Sept. 24, but Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose conservatives have a 13-point lead over their main rivals, the Social Democrats (SPD), has ruled out any coalition with the party.
Alexander Gauland, a co-founder of the AfD who heads the party in the state of Brandenburg, made the comment during a campaign speech there. He is likely to be elected to parliament, surveys show. The AfD has never held any Bundestag seats.
Gauland later conceded that his choice of words was “a little too tough” but repeated that the minister, Aydan …