Customs service lacks the manpower, vehicles and helicopters it would need to stem the flow of consumer goods, arms and drugs.
Homegrown marijuana on the illicit market alongside narcotics imported by trafficking networks.
Officials deny that medical error is common and insist legal methods of redress are working.
Fears of violence mean foreigners stay away, and lack of cash slows recovery.
Attempting to cross to Lampedusa on flimsy vessels carries huge risks.
Pictures show daily life in all its colours.
Security sources say recent arrests mark progress in campaign to root out armed Islamists from their mountain retreats.
Recriminations fly as governing Ennahda party condemns assassination while opponents suggest it had a hand in it.
Ennahda picks one of its own to take over prime minister’s post after dismissing plan for a non-partisan government to see country through crisis.
As politicians argue about what to do next, Tunisians take to the streets in scenes reminiscent of spring 2011.